Author Archives: cajalrutti

Nazanin Joon by Cajal Rutti

1979. I was only five years old while my left tiny hand was grappled by my older sister who had been told by her dying mother to take care of me because I was extra special. That was during the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Nazanin Joon by Cajal Rutti

Mary Robison’s “In Jewel” and “Seizing Control”

I loved these two stories, “In Jewel” and “Seizing Control.” They portrayed the characters in a completely new way. Instead of the narrator telling you exactly what that character becomes, the narrator puts the characters into action and directs the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Mary Robison’s “In Jewel” and “Seizing Control”

Denis Johnson’s Beverly Home

This story was a bit different compared to the rest. Instead of putting the narrator outside of it and putting the narrator right in the middle of the action made it more abstract to me. The narrator is slowly discovering … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Denis Johnson’s Beverly Home

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Comments Off on Ethan Canin’s “Emperor of the Air”

Simple Twists in “Door In Your Eye”

From Bookforum.com: In “Door in Your Eye,” an elderly, disabled man moves in with his adult daughter. A Rear Window scenario ensues, as Albert watches a woman’s apartment across the street as stranger after stranger enters, stays a few minutes, … Continue reading

Posted in Everything Burned | Tagged , | Comments Off on Simple Twists in “Door In Your Eye”

Unreliable Narrator in “Emergency”

Denis Johnson’s characters in “Emergency,” Georgie and the narrator, are described as untrustworthy and complete idiots. I thought it was interesting how Denis Johnson portrayed these disdained qualities of Georgie and “Fuckhead” through the lack of credibility in the confessional … Continue reading

Posted in Jesus' Son | Tagged , | Comments Off on Unreliable Narrator in “Emergency”

Ambient Unease of “Down Through the Valley”

In “Down Through the Valley,” a man, Ed, is forced to take a long car ride with his young daughter, Marie, and his wife Jane’s new lover, Barry. “The sky was going dark,” writes Tower, “when Marie bent over in … Continue reading

Posted in Everything Burned | Tagged | 2 Comments

Jack Hotel’s story

I thought it was interesting how Jack Hotel appeared in both stories, “Out on Bail” and “Dundun.” I wondered if that was accidental or intentional as if Denis Johnson made this independent individual character without the use of stories. It … Continue reading

Posted in Jesus' Son | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Beauty in Twists

The story “Car Crash While Hitchhiking” as a whole has captivated me in the sense of how human it is. It also surprised me in many ways. One of the ways would be how miserably beautiful Johnson’s description of people … Continue reading

Posted in Jesus' Son | Tagged | Comments Off on Beauty in Twists

“Rock Springs” and Edna

This whole story as a whole had me in twisted emotions and full of questions by the end. I was amazed at Richard Ford’s technique of making this story tangible and almost real. I suspect that Ford used physical description … Continue reading

Posted in Rock Springs | Tagged , | Comments Off on “Rock Springs” and Edna