Sunday, March 12, 2017

Letters from a Genius to an Oaf: Guy Davenport’s Correspondence by No Sweat

Letters & Memoir
From Monday Creek Publishing

Letters from a Genius to an Oaf:
Guy Davenport’s Correspondence to No Sweat

by No Sweat

Letters from a Genius to an Oaf, the book which tells its story through the correspondence of one Kentucky author to another, Guy Davenport to "No Sweat", reveals the love two men have for writing. One is a highly educated perfectionist and the other, ignorant and raw-boned. Together, they form a" Kentucky world" which happens to be nothing Kentucky.

About the Author
Earl Lowell “Robbie” / “No Sweat” Robbins, Jr, born August 23, 1951, BA, MA, Eastern Kentucky University, a former long-distance swimmer for EKU’s “Electrifying Eels”,  is the author of THESE PRECIOUS DAYS, NEFARIOUS and SINGER ISLAND & ERNEST HEMINGWAY, three books which were all dedicated to his writing mentor, Guy Davenport. He is currently working on two books, THE KENTUCKY OUTLAW, EDWARD HAWKINS, FACT AND FICTION and BLACK BLUEGRASS. No Sweat has been married to his high school sweetheart, a retired school principal, Chesteen, for forty-five years; they currently reside in Richmond, Kentucky where he continues to work as a boiler operator at a coal-fed heat plant. No Sweat and Chesteen have one daughter, Nancy, MA in English, and two grandsons, Lance and Barrett. Besides family and writing, No Sweat is world-renown for his racing pigeons. He is also passionate about scuba diving and catching lobsters, as well as digging for and collecting Civil War and American Indian artifacts and Kentucky red agate. No Sweat grew up at the end of the Irvine, Kentucky bridge living inside a small apartment which was located partially over top of his grandfather’s “picture show” and a pool room where Walter Tevis, the author of THE HUSTLER, was occasionally noted shooting pool and buying bootleg whiskey; a location  about a mile from where the movie star, Harry Dean Stanton was born and early reared.  Both of No Sweat’s parents were alcoholics; his mother sold tickets for the theater and his father operated a fruit and vegetable stand across the street. No Sweat began writing stories as a small boy. 

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