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A New Path to the Waterfall by Raymond Carver
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Sep 28, 2009

it was amazing

Love Carver. Hands down he's my favorite author. I love his funny reflections on his former life of heavy drinking. He never quit smoking though which lead to his death. Since it's written by Carver when he knows he's dying, it's also very powerful.
It includes my favorite poem:
No other word will do. For that's what it was.
Gravy.
Gravy, these past ten years.
Alive, sober, working, loving, and
being loved by a good woman. Eleven years
ago he was told he had six months to live
at the rate he was going. And he was going
nowhere but down. So he changed his ways
somehow. He quit drinking! And the rest?
After that it was all gravy, every minute
of it, up to and including when he was told about,
well, some things that were breaking down and
building up inside his head. "Don't weep for me,"
he said to his friends. "I'm a lucky man.
I've had ten years longer than I or anyone
expected. Pure Gravy. And don't forget it
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