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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

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Like You'd Understand, Anyway

Book #49 on my reading list was Jim Shepard's National Book Award nominated Like You'd Understand, Anyway.

About as diverse a collection of stories as you'll find, Shepard's latest presents a new joy with each turn of the page. Daniel Handler's NY Times review provides a great analysis that far exceeds anything you'll find here, so get thee there and check it out. Hard to pick a favorite story, but two that blew me away were "Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead" and "Eros 7".

Esquire review

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