Monthly Archives: October 2010

Denis Johnson, Beverly Home

This was, for me, was the best story out of the collection. More than any of his other stories, knowing about how he has fucked up, washed out, almost ODd, this story is the most poignant because he finds a … Continue reading

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Disappointment in “Winterkill”

The overarching theme I noticed in Ford’s “Winterkill” is the feeling of disappointment, and how we as humans are able to come to terms with these frustrations.  That disappointment, while bitter, becomes a turning point.  I liked how Ford played … Continue reading

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Denis Johnson’s “Steady Hands…” and “Happy Hour”

One of the things that I liked most about the reading for today is that they were kind of similar in the structure of the dialogue.  In “Happy Hour” there is almost no exposition with the large piece of dialogue, … Continue reading

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Denis Johnson’s “Steady Hands…” and “Happy Hour”

So, this might be a shock to everyone, but I wasn’t as impressed/in love with these two stories as I have been with everything else in this book.  I still thoroughly enjoyed both of the stories and found amazing aspects … Continue reading

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Ethan Canin’s “Emperor of the Air”

I liked this story, “Emperor of the Air.” It was different than what we have been reading so far. It was a story about an old man who was a high school teacher who went to the extremes to save … Continue reading

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Denis Johnson’s “Steady Hands…”

Another story that is primarily dialogue driven, yet this is just a snippet out of the characters’ lives, and it feels like this is not happening, that perhaps this is just another dream to the narrator after he has checked … Continue reading

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Great Cartoon Video of Wells Tower’s “Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned”

Everything, Ravaged, Everything Burned Cartoon I think the video’s narrator makes the story come together. Despite the modern twist in the language, hearing the narrator makes it seem more real and fitting.

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Tony Earley’s “Charlotte”

I confess that when I began reading “Charlotte,” I rolled my eyes.  I wrote it off as more ‘macho-man’ material.  However, this story has become one of my absolute favorites of everything we’ve read so far.  Earley has managed to … Continue reading

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Tower’s “Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned”

Up until now, everything that we have read in Tower’s short story collection has been based in fairly modern times.  However, the last story in the book takes place in the past, during the time of Vikings.  Altogether witty and … Continue reading

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Tower’s “Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned”

The first statement I want to make is that I don’t understand why this is the title of the collection.  The story seems completely different in structure and type of character to me, and the fact that it is unrealistic … Continue reading

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