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Monica Bielanko
A chronicle since 2005 of my marriage & move to Brooklyn in my twenties; becoming a mother in my thirties; moving to Pennsylvania and learning to amicably coparent after divorce in my forties while living 3 doors down from my ex-husband in a small country town.
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Wednesday
Oct052005

A Night To Remember

It's rare to meet someone who inspired you to do what you love. Musicians, artists, authors.. Mostly, you listen, watch, read their art and love them from afar. Let them lead you by example. Last night, I met one of mine.

I first read High Fidelity in my early twenties. It was the first book narrated by a man that really grabbed me, aside from classics like Dickens, Hemingway, and the like. I got my hands on High Fidelity, read about Rob, his life, his girlfriend, his music shop, and couldn't get enough. It was a brilliantly written novel about why men are the way they are. It opened up a whole insight about the opposite sex for me. Gave me a peek into their inner dialogue.. and yes, sometimes they are outright assholes.. but more often than not, they're just as confused as women are. I was blown away. I immediately searched out everything written by this Nick Hornby bloke. That ultimately lead me to Fever Pitch, How to Be Good and About A Boy. I had consumed all these books before I met The Surge.. And one night, as he saw my Hornby section of books he casually commented, 'I know him'..

Turns out Hornby is a fan of The Surge's. And so.. I got to spend my first anniversary dining with Nick Hornby and his beautiful family. And he's everything you'd want one of your favorite authors to be. Kind, funny, witty, intelligent, articulate, and a fantastic family man. At moments I would float above my body,remember my young self reading Nick Hornby and never in a thousand years think I'd be spending my first anniversary in London, at his dinner table. Wow.

Reader Comments (8)

exellent way to spend a special day :)
nick is a great guy--remind me to tell you the whole *how we met* story sometime. it's quite funny.
October 5, 2005 | Unregistered Commenteranna
That is awesome. It's a great experience and feeling when you finally get to meet someone who is inspirational to you in anyway.
October 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterHeather B.
Wow, that's so cool. I remember you said the Surge knew him, but what a way to spend your first anniversary! I also loved his books, and thought they made a really good job of the film version of "Fever Pitch" (the English version, not the new American one). I had the misfortune of spending an evening with Irvine Welsh once, (the author of Trainspotting) who was as obnoxious as his books. Never got into those. He nicked the sole bottle of chilled champagne out of our fridge (that we were saving) and never replaced it. I was not impressed. Glad your evening with Nick Hornby was more successful, but then you'd expect that really from reading his books. Nice one.
October 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterAli
How fun!!
October 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterKiki
That's so cool. I love Nick Hornby. Have you read his latest? No time for pleasure reading right now but I'm hoping to get to it soon. Sorry to hear Irvine Welsh is such a jerk.
October 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie
that's so awesome. i also love nick hornby. sigggghhh
October 6, 2005 | Unregistered Commentersubgirl
Soooo cool! It's like something out of a movie!
October 6, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterJulia
Nick's latest book, A Long Way Down, has a character called JJ that is allegedly partially based on The Surge
October 6, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

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