Tuesday, October 14, 2008

#94: Tim Hall: Bohemian Rat + Yuppie Queen = Bohemian Prince

Tim Hall has born into a family of English majors and has always loved reading. Besides this, though, his home life was often difficult. His father was a neglectful alcoholic and his mother hated his father. The family was repeatedly evicted from houses. When Tim was 10 years old, his parents divorced and he read The Hobbit—both of which led to Tim creating his own world. He began writing fantasy novels and serialized them for his classmates, though he sometimes got into trouble with his teachers for doing this. Tim continued writing and saw his father sporadically after the divorce. Through junior high, it became more difficult to keep the real world at bay. Tim’s mother often used him as a little soldier in the war against his dad. He developed ADD and couldn’t concentrate enough to write anymore. London Calling came out and he became a punk rocker. Tim often fought with his father and then his father died. Tim was still in high school and his last words to his father were, Fuck you. Tim doesn’t feel badly about this. It seems fitting. Tim went to college and dropped out. He drank a lot and played in hard rock bands. This was most of Tim’s 20’s. Then Tim realized the bad effects that alcohol had had on his family and he quit drinking. He quit music and quit a bad relationship and he returned to writing--founding Typism, co-founding Blacksmiths For Literary Progress, writing the novel Half Empty, and writing the story collection Triumph Of The Won't. These good changes in his life led a friend to set him up on a blind date with the woman who became his wife. Tim was stunned by her when he first saw her and has been living under her dazzling beauty and genuine kindness ever since. He was the bohemian rat and she was the yuppie queen and their little boy George is now the bohemian prince.

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5 comments:

Leslie F. Miller said...

I want to buy that book, but I already placed an order. I'm gonna try to add it to the cart.

You make Tim sound fascinating, but here's a tip: you should not use "boy" and "George" right next to each other. :-) hahahaha...

Tim Hall said...

>you should not use "boy" and "George" right next to each other. :-)

D'oh! That's especially funny to me considering that the first angst-filled punk song I wrote as a teen was called "Boy George Sucks"!

Michael Kimball said...

I can't help it. When I see "boy" and "George" together, then I have to leave it like that. It can't be changed. It's not a choice.

Karen Lillis said...

What I want to know is how many TIMES you read the Hobbit, Tim~

Tim Hall said...

No comment.