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After three days in the eighties (86˚F, 86˚F, and 85˚F, respectively), a cold wind blew into Providence last night, and currently it's only 66˚F, with a projected high of 69˚F. Mostly sunny. But at least the heat had chance pushed the foliage along, and everything's green.

My meeting at the Hay Library was at 2 p.m., and Christopher met us outside and found a couple of students to carry in the four heavy boxes of papers I'd brought as a sample. The Hay is beautiful, by the way. I can't believe that I've lived here seven years and somehow not once set foot inside. To be sure, I'll be using the reading room in the months to come. Anyway, we were ushered to a meeting room, and I answered questions for Christopher – who's the librarian for American and British Literary and Popular Culture Collections at the Hay – as he looked over the material. He was very pleased, and I was, I will admit, surprised. When all was said and done, I'd agreed to donate everything (yesterday, I took in only about one quarter of the total), including my first Mac (Pandora, a 1993 Color Classic), my private diaries (to be sealed until twenty-five years after my death), and as complete a set of my published books as I can manage to put together. Well, I should say, rather, that Christopher has very kindly agreed to take custody of all this stuff. It will be curated, cataloged and kept safe, which really is an enormous relief. And I truly am honored. It's the sort of honor I never expected and certainly not before my fifty-first birthday. So, yes. The Hay is establishing the Caitlín R. Kiernan Archives, which will be opened to researches everywhere, forever (or until the end of the world, whichever comes first). I will rub shoulders with Lovecraft, Colonel George Earl Church, and Henry David Thoreau. My grateful thanks to Christopher, and thanks also to S.T. Joshi, who set all this in motion back in August 2013. In May and June, I'll be transferring the remainder of the papers, etc. and working with the library to provide context for everything.

You have no idea how weird this is.

But it's a good sort of weird.

There are a few photographs from yesterday:





The Carrie Tower at Brown University, across the street from the Hay.









Christopher and I.



Christopher sent me this photo after I got back home. "I am attaching a photograph of the Caitlín R. Kiernan Papers transferred to a cart."

Photographs Copyright © 2015 by Kathryn A. Pollnac and Christopher Geissler



Monday night, Spooky and I watched Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's 20,000 Days on Earth (2014), a very wonderful Nick Cave documentary. Warren Ellis (the musician, not the writer) is seventy shades of cool. With eel. And a violin. Then, because I was nervous and needed a comfort film, Gene Saks' The Odd Couple (1968).

The insomnia rages on. I had to discontinue the Seroquel, because a very rare and very unpleasant side effect reared it's head. I slept about five hours Monday night, and no more than four last night.

And now I have to work.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast

Comments

( 14 comments — Have your say! )
Mitchell Henson
May. 13th, 2015 04:31 pm (UTC)
Joshi has stated that you are the "voice" in Weird fiction since Ligotti had virtually quit writing. So the next question is when will Penguin add you to their Classics line. Congrats on a well deserved honor.
dipsomaniac
May. 13th, 2015 04:32 pm (UTC)
I will rub shoulders with Lovecraft, Colonel George Earl Church, and Henry David Thoreau.

This is all too exciting for words. Thank you for sharing the photos.
thingunderthest
May. 13th, 2015 04:37 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the whole Hay Library.
Excellent recognition
everville340
May. 13th, 2015 04:42 pm (UTC)
You have no idea how weird this is.
But it's a good sort of weird.


Congratulations on the Archives, and the good weird.
Thanks for the photographs of this day.
jadakath
May. 13th, 2015 04:48 pm (UTC)
papers
Great news, well deserved and as it should be!

Um, I have TONS of stuff by you, if you want to look at /consider it.
I have several boxes of 'old Cait papers' (saved for posterity) that might be best in Hay.
Plus I have at least one of everything you've published (I think; its hard to keep up) so if you need a copy of a book, chapbook, etc, for the Caitlín R. Kiernan Archives, let me know...
Indrid Em
May. 13th, 2015 04:52 pm (UTC)
If you're shipping or storing any special materials that might need an archival box, I can help! It would be an honour to help preserve your collection.
sovay
May. 13th, 2015 05:30 pm (UTC)
So, yes. The Hay is establishing the Caitlín R. Kiernan Archives, which will be opened to researches everywhere, forever (or until the end of the world, whichever comes first).

That's amazing. I'm so glad it's being done. Mazel tov.
sancho571
May. 13th, 2015 06:07 pm (UTC)
mm..
pisceanblue
May. 13th, 2015 06:11 pm (UTC)
But it's a good sort of weird.
Indeed; and well-deserved. Your work and your archives deserve a safe home.
kiki60
May. 13th, 2015 06:27 pm (UTC)
Better times.
I keep hoping the world will turn around, and this downward slope will reverse. Imagine someone reading your diary a hundred years from now. Hmm, here to swimmin with bowlegged women.
kambriel
May. 15th, 2015 04:02 am (UTC)
I named my first computer Pandora, due to concerns over what "the box" was going to unleash.
seph_ski
May. 15th, 2015 03:55 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! That's an incredible and well-earned honor.
vizsludraugas
May. 15th, 2015 10:48 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the honor-it is well deserved.
cause_catyljan
May. 18th, 2015 10:18 am (UTC)
A well deserved honour. Congratulations chief.
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