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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

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Knockemstiff

Book #18 was Knockemstiff the debut short story collection by Donald Ray Pollock.

This one blew me away. Easily the best piece of fiction I've read so far this year, and one of the best new books I've read in a long time. The stories reminded me of a sort of Harry Crews meets Raymond Carver, which is about as high a praise as I can give.

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