Mike Perry will read from Visiting Tom: A Man, A Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace on August 29th at 7:30 pm. The reading will be at the Northfield Senior Center, 1651 Jefferson Parkway.
Mike was interviewed by the Wisconsin State Journal recently. The full article can be read here.
This excerpt is pretty good.
Q: You talk about “roughneck grace” in your book. Is there any way to define that?
A: The idea of roughneck grace speaks to the idea of having to accept some imperfections in others if we’re also going to benefit from their goodness. If you want a person who always says the right thing or is all happy and shiny, then I guess you’re going to have to look a good long while. Man, I don’t have the answers and I don’t ever claim to, but it’s disheartening when you’ll hear someone say one thing and because of that everyone assumes they think a certain way on everything. In another book, maybe in “Coop,” I wrote about my brother who lost a young child. My brother’s a logger and a farmer. At the funeral, I remember watching the line of men who were not dressed so fashionably, may have had outdated hairstyles, big belt buckles, maybe had bumper stickers on their trucks that said things that I didn’t agree with — they came with open hearts. They were there to help my brother. You could see them grieving. That’s what I’m trying to get at. I try to look for that because I hope folks will give me the same sort of slack. Ultimately, the only hope a knucklehead like me has is to be judged on the balance of my actions.