“I wished so hard my father would die, but he just wouldn’t.”
–From Harold Brodkey’s “The State of Grace” in First Love and Other Sorrows
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Amy Hempel, Barry Hannah, Brian Evenson, Christine Schutt, Cynthia Ozick, Diane Williams, Gary Lutz, Harold Brodkey, Joy Williams, Mary Robison, Noy Holland, Raymond Carver, Will Eno on November 5, 2009 | 13 Comments »
We know who they are. And they all have short stories to their credit, but what is your favorite?
Carver – Why Don’t You Dance?
Hempel – In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried
D. Williams – Marriage and the Family
Evenson – Two Brothers
Schutt – The Blood Jet
Lutz – Recessional
Holland – Luckies Like Us
Robison – Yours
Hannah, J. Williams, Ozick, Brodkey, Eno and others (please add) I’m not familiar enough with
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Amy Hempel, Amy Hempel, Diane DeSanders, Janet Kauffman, Pamela Schirmeister, Patty Marx, Peter Christopher, Robert Jones, Ansie Baird, Dan Duffy, J.S. Marcus, Jack Gilbert, James Laughlin, John Allman, Matthew Levine, William Freedman, Chris Spain, Darrell Spencer, Don Nace, E.J. Cullen, Gordon Lish, Harold Brodkey, Harvey Shapiro, Jane Smiley, Kaye Gibbons, Nancy Lemann, Pagan Kennedy, Paulette Jiles, Robert Gibb, The Quarterly, Tom Rayfiel, Tom Spanbauer, Yannick Murphy on October 19, 2009 | 9 Comments »
What follows is a blow-by-blow account of the first issue of Gordon Lish’s legendary literary journal The Quarterly. Here I’ll examine stories by Amy Hempel, Tom Spanbauer, Matthew Levine, Chris Spain, Pamela Schirmeister, Yannick Murphy, J.S. Marcus, Darrell Spencer, Kaye Gibbons, Peter Christopher, Janet Kauffman, and Tom Rayfiel; a novella by Jane Smiley; poems by Paulette Jiles, Robert Gibb, John Allman, William Freedman, Jack Gilbert, Ansie Baird, Diane DeSanders, and Harvey Shapiro; and letters by Nancy Lemann, Pagan Kennedy, Harold Brodkey, James Laughlin, Amy Hempel, Patty Marx, Robert Jones, E.J. Cullen, and Dan Duffy; and drawings by Don Nace. I hope to eventually cover every single issue of this incredible journal.