6 responses

  1. Gloria
    May 15, 2013

    How I love the writing of Brian Doyle. I can feel the spirit and the cadence and the sensibilities of this tailor, and the stream of consciousness, and the free form . It’s real.


  2. Nina
    June 13, 2013

    Inspiring metaphor!


  3. Angele
    June 30, 2013

    The conversation of “Sachiel the Tailor” is captivating. The way people talk casually with people who work in news and tell stories for a living, is often very different from talking with other people who come through their lives. This is captured well in this piece.
    I love how the one long continuous paragraph felt like the ramblings of an old, wise man with spunk, someone who’s lived life stitch by stitch. (This is confirmed in the Brevity article by Doyle telling of how the story came about, which I had to read being I enjoyed the piece so much.) The continuity also serves to connect the reader, weaving him/her into the cloth.
    Sachiel’s reoccurring hassling of Doyle’s “awful shirt of Egyptian cotton” gave so much flavor to the scene and the character, his speaking of his truth when he sees fit. The philosophy of life is shared in the simple complexity of sentences like “So my work is vanishing holes” and “You can wonder why holes open, why is the design of a universe in which things fly apart? But then remember that the work is to repair the holes, to make whole that which has flown apart.”

    Wisdom of people and the way they’re connected is seen by the tailor and the newspaper man, the same. “You see what I am saying? You smile, but I know you understand.” Yes, now we do understand.


  4. Susan F. O’Neill
    July 7, 2013

    This piece by Doyle explicates the use of metaphor with elegance using the mundane and everyday experience of holes-holes in shirts, pants, souls, minds, neighborhoods. He creates the ease of the ramble through considerable work I imagine.


  5. Karen
    June 3, 2017

    Reading this after his death having only recently “discovered” him, so thankful for all he left this world, devouring everything he wrote, and I will also check my old shirts for holes with essays in them.


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