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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

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Reasons To Live

Woefully behind again. Will he ever catch up? Probably not folks. On the bright side, the books just keep on coming. Book #34 of my list this year was Amy Hempel's Reasons To Live.

Reasons to Live is "Short Story 101" required reading. Hempel's classic is a jewel of the 'less is more' school, nearly poetry masquerading as fictional prose. If raw wasn't such an overused adjective I'd use it here, but you get my drift.

"Amy Hempel is certainly the most experimental and potentially the most exciting of the writers of her generation" -- David Leavitt, NY Time Book Review

Read "Today Will Be a Quiet Day" free online....thank you internets


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