I wonder what I can say about Earl Durand that won’t throw me back into the family storm. Again.
Supposably, Earl Durand was my grandfather. But I don’t believe it. On good days I think of him as a sort of ancestral godfather. On my bad days I think of him as just a PR piece for my dad’s very romantic life.
I found a letter a few days ago from my dad. He wanted me to change my name back to Durand. I don’t think I’m going to do that, but it looks like I’m going to have some angsty guilt for awhile.
- McKay Olson, “The Legend of Earl Durand,” YouTube video, 10:01, Mar. 29, 2014.