Lazy Afternoon Reruns: “The Death of Albert Murray”

This “Lazy Afternoon Rerun” post comes in honor of the five-year anniversary of the death of Albert Murray, an extraordinary Alabama writer whose contributions reached far beyond the state.

Yesterday, novelist and critic Albert Murray died at the age of 97. I had written about his novel Train Whistle Guitar not long ago. A native of the tiny community of Nokomis, Alabama, Murray far transcended his Deep Southern roots by creating literature and writing criticism of both literature and music that brought home the point that art is best and greatest when the personal becomes the universal.

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