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2008/03/23

theresa duncan

The writer Theresa Duncan has died.

I was not aware of this until a few days back

has died. i didnt know. dint know has died. didnt know died. didnt know

theresa duncan, a writer, critic and screen writer had been a member of taking the brim in the year 2005 october november december
"wit of the staircase" a phrase she delighted in

May her spirit float
effortlessly
up
the
long
stair case ~
heading higher
heading heights of unknown audacity
and temerity

as she was

this
spirit








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"From the French phrase 'esprit d'escalier,' literally, it means 'the wit of the staircase', and usually refers to the perfect witty response you think up after the conversation or argument is ended. "Esprit d'escalier," she replied. "Esprit d'escalier. The answer you cannot make, the pattern you cannot complete till aterwards it suddenly comes to you when it is too late."






I quote this excerpt
from
In Memoriam to her Wit of the staircase

"Theresa was best known as a screenwriter, but as the editor of a literary magazine, I encouraged her to write prose. From dipping into this delightfully eclectic well of thought, reviews, and tips I recognized an extraordinary mind, a tremendous talent and a prodigious analyst of culture.

Hearing of her death I was stunned and disbelieving. I waited for some bizarre punchline to kick in. I was sickened. Then, perhaps oddly, I was angry. I had felt this same way when Jean-Michel Basquiat died. How could you take your mind away from us, how could you take your voice out of the game? It didn’t make sense and it still doesn’t make sense to me now, but I couldn’t be angry anymore. I told Jeremy “You’ve got to be strong, you’re working for two now.” Apparently that argument wasn’t good enough. They were a team. They had become twins of a sort."