A Wake for the Living by Andrew Lytle

By Andrew Lytle

"The final Agrarian" portrays the heritage and personality of the folks of the mid-South via a background of his kin, giving, within the phrases of critic J. A. Bryant, Jr., a “rendering of a bygone international that brings the discomfort of good looks remembered.” Southern Classics Series.

One of the unique Southern Agrarians, Andrew Lytle has written 4 novels, the biography Bedford Forrest and his Critter corporation, brief fiction, literary feedback, and various essays. A former editor of The Sewanee assessment, he keeps to stay in Tennessee.

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The trade-off might work to your advantage for the short term, but for the long term it will cancel out. Slow down you crazy child, And take the phone off the hook and disappear for a while. It’s all right. You can afford to lose a day or two. When will you realize . . Vienna waits for you? Just as the unpaid overtime was largely invisible to the Spanish Theory manager (who always counts the week as forty hours regardless of how much time the people put in), so too is the undertime invisible. You never see it on anybody’s time sheet.

Vienna waits for you? —Billy Joel, “The Stranger” The Vienna that waits for you, in Billy Joel’s phrase, is the last stop on your personal itinerary. When you get there, it’s all over. If you think your project members never worry about such weighty matters, think again. CHAPTER 3 VIENNA WAITS FOR YOU 15 Your people are very aware of the one short life that each person is allotted. And they know too well that there has got to be something more important than the silly job they’re working on.

That fact is horrifying for anyone concerned about the quality of work in the field; for folks like us who write books, it is positively tragic. This page intentionally left blank 3 Vienna Waits for You Some years ago, I was swapping war stories with the manager of a large project in Southern California. He began to relate the effect that his project and its crazy hours had had on his staff. There were two divorces that he could trace directly to the overtime his people were putting in, and one of his worker’s kids had gotten into some kind of trouble with drugs, probably because his father had been too busy for parenting during the past year.

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