Been down so long…

I just finished reading a very sweet blog post by LiebeMarlene about the folk singer Mimi Fariña. Some know her as the sister of Joan Baez; I know her mostly because she was married (at age 17, depicted in this photo) to the author Richard Fariña. His best man was Thomas Pynchon.

He wrote a book that my husband lent to me in the process of flirting, a book entitled Been Down So Long it Looks Like Up to Me. It was one of those beat-poetry-inspired novels about college that was chillingly honest, right down to the main character’s extreme and profound constipation.

Oddly enough, my father went to Cornell at exactly the time Fariña was there. “He was one of the cool kids,” my father said. “Of course I didn’t hang out with him.”

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