Friday, July 10, 2015
The occasion was the publication of his new book, The Last Temptation of Lincoln: And Other Twistories, a sly collection of humorous short stories in which key historical incidents and figures are reimagined in ways that, while perhaps not a matter of factual record, certainly might have happened.
Or at least, it's fun to think so.
A 14-year-old mixed-race girl raised in a brothel who inspires the democratic ideals of Ben Franklin and Thomas Paine? (Not to mention composing most of the text of the revolutionary Common Sense pamphlet attributed to Paine?)
A hush-hush lunar landing, called Apollo 11 1/2, where a 'B' team has to go clean up after the more famous moon landing?
A tobacco farmer from the 1830s transported by a bunch of Silicon Valley techno-geeks to the beach in modern-day Santa Cruz?
Well, why not? We can't say for sure that these things didn't happen!
Wallace's fanciful "twistory" book is available as we speak at BSC. Check it out!