Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Elias Fries

Although Ron Silliman and I have very little in common when it comes to aesthetics, I am strangely pleased that he today discusses a sentence that refers to my great great (etc) grandfather Elias Fries, mushroom taxonomist.

Members of my mom's family still occasionally go to the Fries Family reunion, though - as readers of this blog may recall from a few months ago - our connection to the family is dubious, as my grandmother's father was something of a black sheep of the family due to his morphine addiction, squandering of the family finances, and subsequent suicide. As a result my grandmother had to work as a maid of sort, taking care of the kids of a cousin.

And there were only more scandals from there on out (fascism, out of wedlock pregnancies etc).


Blogger Jordan said...

A lovely coincidence. Also, Tony Lopez rocks.

You would do well to write a family memoir. Or a series of them, sounds like.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Kent Johnson said...


You're directly descended from Elias Fries?!?

I'm an (very) amateur mycologist, and Fries is one of my heroes!


11:38 AM  
Blogger Johannes said...

That's funny.

Yeah, the family still has Fries Family meetings. Sometimes people from my immediate family goes, though it was mainly my gramma who was into it.


11:44 AM  

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