Saturday, March 05, 2016

Pat Conroy: Lord let him die, but not die out.

Pat Conroy died last night, and his passing is a tremendous loss.

In 2007, ten years after James Dickey's death, Conroy gave a wonderful speech at the University of South Carolina reminiscing about his experiences as his student, and the impact Dickey's teaching had on his own writing. But it speaks to the work and the aspirations of all writers, and tells us much about Conroy himself. These are some excerpts from his hand-written text.

Here, Conroy alludes to Dickey's scandalous personal reputation, grabbing wild metaphors out of the sky, and out of James Dickey poetry, as only Pat Conroy could do:

Here Conroy talks about how much Dickey reminded him, at first, of his father, “The Great Santini.” But Conroy loved Dickey’s writing, and his teaching, maybe almost as much as he hated his own father’s brutality.

On these last two pages, Conroy puts "political correctness" in its place before a ringing conclusion, "a prayer," as he calls it, about the work of James Dickey that speaks to the hope of every artist.

Monday, February 08, 2016

An excellent review by Gary Kerley of James Dickey's "Death, and the Day's Light"

You must read this review, published here as a PDF by The South Carolina Review. 

"This important volume gives readers the chance to keep Dickey’s poetry at the center of his literary life, where it belongs."

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Christopher Dickey talks with Bill Nigut about James Dickey, North Georgia, Deliverance and the Buckhead Boys

"My father was absolutely the hero of my childhood and the last three years of his life he was my hero again." —Christopher Dickey

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The 1968 Harvard Lampoon Parody of LIFE ... and James Dickey

It's quite a distinction to be parodied this way. Gives you an idea just how iconic James Dickey had become by the late 1960s. And this was before Deliverance.  The parody of "Falling" is especially funny. We've posted extra-large photos for easier reading.