Jack Smith Walk

There’s an annual walk in Mt. Washington in honor of the Times’ late columnist, Jack Smith, who lived in the L.A. neighborhood. I learned about this via the LAObserved blog. I only bring it up because of a small thrill I got while reading the announcement and clicking on the link for Smith’s name. The link takes you to Smith’s Wikipedia page, which was written by yours truly!

I wrote it in late 2007, surprised that the beloved Smith had no entry, and being a latter-day fan of his work through his books. He’s one of my biggest influences, not that we’re in the same league or that the lessons have been absorbed especially well. The grace and wit of his prose remain a model to which I aspire.

Although I’ll be working Sunday (!) and unable to take part in the walk, I’m pleased to have contributed in a small way to keeping Smith’s legacy alive.

Even if my entry doesn’t entirely meet Wikipedia’s quality standards.

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