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have always distrusted memoir. I tend to write my memoirs through my fiction.
It’s easier to get to the truth by not claiming that you are speaking it. Some
things can be said in fiction that can never be said in memoir.” -Armistead Maupin
First, let me clear up a false statement I made the other
day. Let it be known from this day
forward that Jason Bryant has never won a National Championship. He has, in fact, placed third seven
times in a National Championship; however, he is NOT, let me say it again, NOT
a National Champion. A couple of
folks are clearly upset by this glaring lie that I have unwittingly published,
so I just want to be really clear.
Now, let me say this:
That wasn’t the freakin’ point.
I realize that national titles are very important, and I
truly did not intend to put false information out into the universe; however, I
am going to claim innocence in that I really, truly thought in my heart of
hearts that Jason had won once.
Maybe this is just because he’s my friend, and I think he’s awesome or
maybe it’s because first place, third place, for someone like me, it’s a
National Championship and you placed, so the point is that you rock. And the main idea of my essay (or
whatever you want to call it) is that Jason is really talented, is a serious
(can I at least call him national class?) runner who encourages me in my
running and treats me like an equal despite our very different abilities.
I don’t want to falsely represent anyone on this blog, so
I’m correcting the error, but my gratitude remains.