Pat Conroy

RIP Pat Conroy by Cindy Hulsey

Last week the world lost a great voice of Southern Literature. Pat Conroy died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 70 only a month after being diagnosed.

Conroy’s prose is leisurely, lyrical and highly descriptive. He was a natural and gifted storyteller, who used the pain of his own past to imbue his characters with realistic layers of emotion. He explored the human condition with depth and passion, and reading a Conroy novel is both exhausting and redemptive.

Casket Shopping with Grandmother Tolitha by Laura Raphael

I’m not afraid to die… I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” – Woody Allen

In “Macbeth,” after one of the bloodiest scenes of murder, mayhem, and madness ever enacted on the page or stage, William Shakespeare immediately gives us its polar opposite: a drunken porter telling jokes as he pretends to answer the door to Hell.