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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Friday, May 05, 2006

Airships

"Duality of the Southern Thang"

Numero Nineteen on the ole 2006 reading list was Barry Hannah's modern classic Airships.

Airships is a solid collection of twenty short stories that show off Hannah's shockingly wide range as a writer. There are humorous stories, sad stories, stories about war, stories about love, you name it...all told from a distinctively Southern, distinctively Hannah voice. My favorite works from the book were the excellent collection of war stories plus "Our Secret Home", "Testimony of Pilot", "Eating Wife and Friends" and "Mother Rooney Unscrolls the Hurt".

"She had a certain smile that would have bought her the world had the avenue of regard been wide enough for her. They loved it at the Bargain Barn. But the town was one where beauty walked the walks as a matter of course, and her smile was soon forgotten by clerk and hurried lecher on the oily parking lot" -- opening lines from "Deaf and Dumb"

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