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Brilliance, and: A Little Respect

Brilliance, and: A Little Respect BRILLIANCE / The first time I heard one adult call another a genius, my father was speaking of a man whose face I don't recall. AU I have is the memory of an old Black man, climbing with difficulty the few stairs to the porch of Jannej^s store. A bush of gray hair billowed from under the back of his cap. I can also see the front of his unpainted house, the worn stoop and the door not quite straight, a few yards from the edge of the road. The road has been moved in years since, and the house made over. I knew a Uttle about what the word "genius" meant; I was at the age of comic books, and had begun to daydream about the kid with the big head and thick glasses who always had all the answers. So what did he mean? Well, Ed Harrington had come here from southwest Virginia, the youthful employee of one Robert Gray, caUed Colonel Bob, who bought the Glebe in the teens and ran cattle there that he bought from aU over the country. They would be shipped to him on freight cars, arriving just on the north http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

Brilliance, and: A Little Respect

The Missouri Review , Volume 22 (2) – Oct 5, 1999

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BRILLIANCE / The first time I heard one adult call another a genius, my father was speaking of a man whose face I don't recall. AU I have is the memory of an old Black man, climbing with difficulty the few stairs to the porch of Jannej^s store. A bush of gray hair billowed from under the back of his cap. I can also see the front of his unpainted house, the worn stoop and the door not quite straight, a few yards from the edge of the road. The road has been moved in years since, and the house made over. I knew a Uttle about what the word "genius" meant; I was at the age of comic books, and had begun to daydream about the kid with the big head and thick glasses who always had all the answers. So what did he mean? Well, Ed Harrington had come here from southwest Virginia, the youthful employee of one Robert Gray, caUed Colonel Bob, who bought the Glebe in the teens and ran cattle there that he bought from aU over the country. They would be shipped to him on freight cars, arriving just on the north

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The Missouri ReviewUniversity of Missouri

Published: Oct 5, 1999

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