Miles From Fenway

Assassination Vacation
April 21, 2005, 9:21 pm
Filed under: books

I received a wonderful surprise in the mail yesterday … Sarah Vowell’s Assassination Vacation. This is the book i heard her read from a few months ago, the one I discussed here. And I’ve got to tell you, it’s every bit as wonderful a read as it was a reading.

I am so overjoyed at this book, which unlike her others is not a collection of essays, but a non-fiction novel, that I just have to share a turn of phrase she used that just lit me up (and how sad is it that a turn of phrase can light me up?).

After talking about the Lincoln assassination and how Dr. Taft had described holding Lincoln’s head up off the pillow in the hours before he died so as to make him more comfortable, Vowell writes this:

Oh the agony of hours and hours of holding up the weight of Lincoln’s head. The next day, surely Taft’s arms were sore, so sore I’d imagine that every time he had to lift something, reach for the salt shaker, say, he would throb with the muscle memory of Lincoln’s heavy head.

“The muscle memory of Lincoln’s heavy head” I love it, I just love it.


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Sad? I think it’s wonderful that you’re reading something that you get such a charge out of! I haven’t picked up Cloudy Patriot yet, but it’s on my list.

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