LOSING MY RELIGION
PORTLAND I hereby renounce my own personal jesus: Roy Peter Clark.
He's one of the English language's finest writing coaches, dean of the august Poynter Institute. A strange choice for a deity, I know. But in these belabored, ungrammatical times, the spirit moves in mysterious ways.
I forgave Roy Peter for collecting his essays into a lean, green volume, then removing them from the internet, where my scattershot students could bow before His Great Wisdom. I indulged his whims from teaching Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Writing Tools The Musical. When flu stopped his miraculous apparition at the 2005 National Writers Workshop, I wished him a speedy recovery. Poor snuffly savior...
But Clark denied us His Presence again, we pilgrims in Portland.
That's me in the spotlight, trying to keep a view.