Tuesday, August 5, 2008

#58 William Walsh, Private Man

William Walsh is a private man and there is little public knowledge of him. We know that he was born in the 1960’s, an event that quite possibly took place in Massachusetts. Not many specifics are known of his early life, but we can be certain that certain things happened—that he fell down while learning to walk, that his parents didn’t always understand him when he first learned to talk, that his baby teeth fell out and that the Tooth Fairy visited him without him knowing it. At some point, he learned to tie both of his shoes at the same time. When he was in the first grade, he was sent home from school for whistling. That was the last time that he did anything wrong or was in any kind of trouble. He was so good that he once played hopscotch with Pope John Paul II in Vatican Square. He always did his homework. His adolescence may have been awkward and he once ate his weight in clams. Regardless, he grew up, filled in, and became quite dashing. Later, there are public records concerning his attendance of Stonehill College and then the University of New Hampshire, concerning his marriage to a woman to whom he vowed everlasting love and, following this, the birth certificates for four children (he was recently spotted playing ski-ball with one of them at Dave & Busters). Other evidence for William Walsh’s existence includes his writings—a documentary novel called Without Wax, a formally inventive work about the adult film industry. But we should not draw any conclusions about William Walsh from this novel, his short stories, or his derived texts. This would not be dependable biographical information. Little else is known about William Walsh, but he was last observed watching late night television somewhere in Massachusetts. If you go look for him, then he might still be there.


[*This postcard life story was written, as a kind of challenge, based on what I know of William from our e-friendship—that is, without an interview.]

Without Wax

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6 comments:

Heather said...

Yes! What fun!

magdalena said...

Michael Kimball has here proven that if there is a life story to be told, he can tell it!

Josh Maday said...

i like this a lot. william walsh is a mysterious entity. and a nice one.

Michael Kimball said...

Thank you, Heather and Magdalena and Josh. I hope people follow the links to William's writing. He will still be mysterious, but in the best sort of way.

Karen Lillis said...

I like this one a lot. We get to see a lot of Michael Kimball the writer and imaginer.

Josh Maday said...

Yes, Without Wax is an excellent novel. I've never read a novel with a main character who is a very likeable and ultimately sad porn star.