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Thursday, January 4, 2007 3:09 pm
And While
Posted by: Keir Graff

Mostly I read, but sometimes I do a little writing, too. From the Chicago Reader Fiction Issue:

The Courage of My Companions
By Keir Graff
December 29, 2006

MY NAME LOBSANG Sherpa. I am Sherpa. Carry big load up mountain. Climb Sagarmatha, mountain you call Everest, seven time. My English not so good. OK to speak Sherpa, you make into English?

THAT’S BETTER. I can speak enough English to make myself understood on the mountain – I know the words for crampon, altitude sickness, and Gamow bag, which is a device that simulates the air pressure of lower altitudes – but for a story like this, I’ll need to employ a greater degree of nuance. And my English is – how do you say? – inelegant.

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5 Responses to “And While”
  1. Linda LeBlanc Says:

    To learn more about the Sherpa culture and Sagarmatha, read Beyond the Summit. It’s the first fiction about the Sherpa tribe of the Everest region.

  2. Keir Says:

    Congratulations on your novel, Linda. It sounds very interesting.

    (People who want genuine insight into Sherpa culture probably shouldn’t read my short story!)

  3. Frank Sennett Says:

    To learn more about shameless self-promotion on other people’s blogs, read…

    No, I kid, Linda, I kid because I love.

    Really funny story, Keir. I laughed out loud several times.

  4. Keir Says:

    Thanks, Frank. Believe me, I debated a long time before I decided to link to my own work.

    Well, a minute or two, anyway. But it seemed like a long time.

  5. Joel Reese Says:

    I didn’t LOL—I ROTFLMAO! That twist at the end—eat that, O. Henry!

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