Monday, July 10, 2006

Water

An essay I wrote for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. This appears on page D1 of today's paper.

19 comments:

Dean said...

You know something, O'Brien? I'd consider a writing career if I were you.

Last Girl On Earth said...

That was so well-written, Erin. If it weren't for the fact that you obviously lived through that... Congrats on the article, anyway. Sorry you had to have that kind of inspiration.

~d said...

You know something, O'Brien? You write the way I talk-we'd get on famously in person.

Blonde Vigilante said...

Damn that mother nature. Damn her.

I've survived hurricanes and Noreasters...it's no fun and nobody helps you clean up when it's all over. You have to do it yourself and I think that's the biggest bitch and the most painful thing about it.

Brookelina said...

Fuck you're talented.

Toby said...

If I didn't know any better I'd think you were talking about the storm that hit Milwaukee last night. 2.75" of rain in less than an hour, 1.5" hail and lots of lakes that should not be there. It's still raining today.

Very powerful, Erin. Good job recollecting the huge natural disasters of late. Even though the small ones are terrible, that puts it all in perspective.

zorgon said...

What makes a great landscape painting to me is a quality that makes me want to go there and see that view. Your evocative essay has a similar quality in that it, well, evoked memories. Great stuff.

garrett said...

I wanted very much to enjoy this essay in its entirety. However the information-hungry Cleveland Plain-Dealer website would not let me access the entire text unless I permitted data mining (gave them a "cookie"). I like to keep my cookies for myself.

Do you own your essay still and can you reprint? Or does the paper now own it and you can't?

I liked the first page of it well enough.

Bollocks.

sxKitten said...

garrett: try saying you're not from the US - that got me straight to page 2.

Excellent and evocative essay, Erin. I love the way you interweave personal experience with detached observations.

Zen Wizard said...

H.L. Mencken, move over!

You're dead, and Erin O'Brien wants to get by!!

Toby said...

garret, all I had to do was enter a 10006 zip code and if I wanted to be male or female. Don't give up so easily. Her words are well worth it.

Lipp said...

Well done O'B!

mushroom said...

Cool article - e coli - kilarious!

Vince said...

This rivals a Spielberg film. I read if four times and still can't get enough.

Denny Shane said...

WHere were you when I was searching for ex-wife #2?

Erin O'Brien said...

Hi.

I worked very hard on this essay and that all of you read it and commented on it means the world to me. Truly. Being read is the most a writer can ask for.

Thanks.

I wanted to deliver what it was like to be in that flood. And (thanks to Lipp), I wanted to say that I recognize the devastation of Katrina and the Tsunami, but it's no small thing when you're hugging your nieghbor as she cries and hauls out soaked baby toys to the curb.

You are all wonderful. Maybe one day we can all meet and talk and have a big cookout. Wouldn't that be fun?

Roxi said...

erin.. I love you..

I would have freaked out..

Good job you..

garrett said...

It's not entering the false information that I am opposed to. I LOVE THAT! Great plan.

But the computers, man. The computers. They aren't fooled.

You can't mask your IP address with that tactic. They're going to know who you are. They're going to know how to find you. And they're going to get you.

MARK MY WORDS.

josh williams said...

What they said x 2...