A Family Plot
This essay begins with an account of the circumstances which led to my parents owning a Colin and Anne McCahon children’s painting. Then it expands upon certain biographical questions raised (or not raised) in my 2011 book Dark Night: Walking with McCahon. I describe the work I did in 2018 with Finn McCahon-Jones, Colin’s grandson, on the Visitor Narrative for the McCahon House Trust; and conclude with some thoughts upon the limitations of biography as a genre. Implicit in the discussion is a comparison, hopefully unforced, between my own family and that of the McCahons.
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