As luck would have it, when I went to vote here in Clifton yesterday afternoon, my writer friend C.A. MacConnell was in the voting booth right behind me. We both felt like it was a good time to catch up. I happened to have my tape recorder on me, so I taped the conversation. Here’s some of it.
Larry: Well, C.A. MacConnell, imagine meeting you here!
C.A.: Larry, I was going to call you this morning.
Larry: Really? Why?
C.A.: I reread that cover story you did for CityBeat last spring. It moved me to
tears yet again. As far as I’m concerned, you should win a Pulitzer Prize for it.
Larry: Why thank you, C.A. – there is some talk of that. I want you to know I was
totally moved with your “Tiny Death Rows” Column in CityBeat a few weeks
back. I read the story over and over. You told the story of Delbert Lee Tibs like
no other writer. It was truly outstanding.
C.A.: Thank you so much.
Larry: If anyone should be winning the Pulitzer Prize, it should be you.
C.A.: No, no – you should win it for that wonderful collection of short stories that was
published late last year. “Signed, Sealed and Delivered” is a must read. I think
I’ve read it at least 20 times.
Larry: No, you’re too kind. That music piece you wrote on The Risky Antiseptics was
the best piece of music writing I’ve read all year. I’m surprised Rolling Stone
didn’t pick it up.
C.A.: Well, CityBeat paid me more money for it. You know, they always come first
Larry: And you’re loyal too. C.A., you’re the best.
C.A.: No, you are.
Larry: No, you.
C.A.: No. I think you’re the best.
Larry: Well, all right – if you insist. Hey, wasn’t last night the date with that guy you
Larry: How did it go?
C.A.: It wasn’t what I was expecting. The guy didn’t have any protection with him.
C.A.: It was pretty disappointing.
Larry: I guess I’m shocked, because Teri Archer wrote a wonderful blog post on the
Living Out Loud Cincinnati Blog called “Don’t Lie to Us.” It was all about men
who lie about it when they want to have sex.
C.A.: Yes, that was simply a wonderful piece written by Teri. She’s the best.
Larry: What? I thought you said I was the best.
C.A.: Oh, sorry. No. you’re the best – without a doubt.
Larry: Are you sure?
C.A.: Yes, yes. You are the best.
Larry: Why thank you, C.A. That piece Teri wrote is in a class all it’s own.
C.A.: I’ve heard she’s up for a Pulitzer for it.
Sadly, my time with C.A. yesterday afternoon came to an end much too quickly. It was my best voting experience ever. We must do it again next November.