…for a brilliant woman. The death of Grace Paley is a surprise and a loss. I took an American Literature class, along with Rhett, from the award-winning writer Michael Trussler awhile back, and while a portion of our reading was poetry (Jorie Graham and Richard Howard) one book of short stories was Paley’s Enormous Changes at the Last Minute in our reading list. I’d say the changes in my thinking, and I’m sure Rhett’s, were enormous, extreme even. It’s sad that she had to leave us, and on my birthday of all days, but it’s good that we’ll have her in print, around to poke us in our writing (for those now addicted to FB) for years to come.