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“Travel”, Allison Stansberry, Dec. 15

When I was fourteen, my father and mother and I left Iowa for a short time so that my father could find work in Florida, my father believing that there were oil rigs that he could easily work on down … Continue reading

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Response to Bobby in Sweethearts

And, see, I don’t think that the lack of action means a lack of drama or emotion. It certainly doesn’t mean a lack of emotion to me at least. I think that I agree with Heather in that this is … Continue reading

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Response to Ambient Unease in Down Through the Valley

Of the stories that we have read by Wells Tower this is by far my favorite, and really, the only one that I enjoyed. I think that you have something when you say that there is a “dread and cruelty … Continue reading

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Response to Shame in Richard Ford’s “Children”

I think that it was the opposite for me in saying “that while George may act the least like a child, to me anyway, he is missing something his friends understand.” To me, George is thinking, and so is Lucy. … Continue reading

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Robert Olen Butler, “Snow”

Well, because I got the stories confused and didn’t respond to the right one last week, I thought that I would finally get it right. I must say that I like Robert Olen Butler. After reading interviews with him and … Continue reading

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Eudora Welty’s “Why I Live at the P.O.”

I think that I enjoyed this story not only because I like Eudora Welty’s work but also because it seems a little different than anything else that we have read this semester. “Why I Live at the P.O.” takes the position … Continue reading

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Richard Ford’s “Fireworks”

This was one of the most enjoyable Ford stories we’ve read so far to me…and I do realise it was in third person. It actually took me a while to figure that out- almost until the end in fact for … Continue reading

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Richard Ford, “Communist”

As always, I enjoy Ford’s work, but as I continue to read it, I end up getting confused as to what parts belong in what stories. I pretty much see all of his stories converging into one story that has … Continue reading

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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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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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