Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

A novelist moves to Oak Park

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Today my wife and I closed on our first house, a beautiful single-family home in historic Oak Park, Illinois. My original goal, after realizing that we were really going to move, was to become the greatest novelist Oak Park ever produced, which I soon discovered might be difficult, if only on account of this guy. The greatest living novelist, perhaps? Unfortunately, that requires catching up to the extraordinary Chris Ware, perhaps our best living novelist, period, which I’m not sure even I can do. So I might need to settle for being the best novelist on my side of the block. If that. Still, I’m pretty excited.

Written by nevalalee

August 31, 2011 at 9:23 pm

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  1. Very exciting! On my one-day visit to Oak Park, the Hemingway house was closed for renovation. One of the workers took pity on us and ushered us into every room and said “This is where it all happened!” I was so grateful for the experience, and his enthusiasm, although someday I’ll get back to Oak Park and take the more literary version of the tour.


    September 1, 2011 at 12:33 am

  2. Wow – that’s a beautiful home. May it inspire not only a beautiful life, but beautiful words. :-)

    C.B. Wentworth

    September 1, 2011 at 10:31 am

  3. @laurastanfill and C.B.: Thanks so much! It’s a beautiful town, and I’m excited to be making a home there.


    September 1, 2011 at 6:12 pm

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