Monday Morning Wake-Up Call…

I take pride in professionalism. I am willing to do things that other people find ridiculous if I have agreed to appear at a certain festival or school. Once I say yes I don’t do otherwise. I will drive four hours to teach a class and then turn around and drive straight home… I will work under bad circumstances, and I will feel virtuous. Laurel sometimes puts it this way: Rick likes it when it sucks. I can’t address the origin of this particular way of being, the professionalism just is. It makes it easier for me to wake up in the morning, because I know what I have to do… I felt (and feel still) like showing up for class keeps me tethered to the world.

Rick MoodyThe Long Accomplishment: A Memoir of Hope and Struggle in Matrimony (August 6, 2019)

Photo of Rick Moody via Seven Days


  1. Never heard of the guy. NOW I am sort of in love with him…. The tremendous power of words, imagination, but also experience and love.

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  2. “… keeps me tethered to the world.” I’m stealing that line!

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  3. sounds like he and his wife both understand what makes him tick. personally, when I commit to something I always try to show up. it matters.

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  4. I agree; there is a certain pleasure in doing the things that no one else wants to do.

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  5. Nothing worse than someone not showing up after they said they would. I can’t respect someone who does it without a fabulous reason.

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  6. Sounds like a nice guy who does what he said he would

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  7. Valerie Meluskey says:

    Love it! Sounds so old-fashioned, and feels so private–this pact between oneself and ones word…

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