Lawrence Block's joyous Noircon elegy
For now, a bit about the convention's highlight: Duane Swierczynski's keynote interview with Lawrence Block. Block was a fount of entertaining and instructive stories from a writing career that has spanned at least fifty-four years, and Swierczynski combined a fan boy’s enthusiasm, an archivist’s knowledge, and a Borscht Belt comic's flair for showing off.
I’ll likely have more to say about the interview in future posts, but what I found most moving was Block’s recognition that the end of his writing career may be near, that it will likely come on his own terms, and that he seems to look back with great satisfaction on his prolific and highly accomplished output. I’d call what he had to say a joyous elegy, if there’s such a thing.
He did say once, “I’m tired,” but mainly he said things like this, in reply to a question about whether he had more novels planned beyond the hundred or so he’s already written:
”Anything I’ve wanted to share with the world, I’ve long since committed, so, while I wouldn’t rule [it] out…and
”If I’d had stellar success early on, I’m sure I would have written a lot less. I’m happy with the way things turned out”So, I’m sure, are crime readers everywhere.
© Peter Rozovsky 2012