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Saints and Sinners: Final Revision

He hadn’t locked the door, I thought, hustling into the suite with my arms weighed down.  Who doesn’t lock their door in Manhattan? “Yo,” I heard from the living room.  Grumpily, I pushed through the chic little black and white … Continue reading

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Comment to Heathermctague’s “Bobby in ‘Sweethearts'”

I agree with the mind-boggling part about Russ, mostly because of Russ’s attitude towards Bob. I found their relationship to be highly abnormal, and almost unbelievable at times. I thought it highly unusual that a father would allow his only … Continue reading

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Comment to BrittanyFox-Response to “Shame in Richard Ford’s Children”

Brittany, I agree with you about the fact that the characters stuck between adolescence and adulthood, especially in terms of Claude and George “Children” is a coming of age story, but isn’t truly about childhood at all; it consists of … Continue reading

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Comment to “Door in Your Eye” by Allisonstansberry

You talked about redemption in Wells Tower’s work, and how the absence of it seems to be a major presence in many of his stories. However, I found “Door in your Eye” to be one of the more redemptive pieces … Continue reading

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Carrie Brown, “Miniature Man”

It might just be my extensive background in horror, but I really detected the creation of a considerably ‘creepy’ atmosphere throughout the story.  Because of the patience in this story (and I swear I mean patience—this isn’t just my new … Continue reading

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Wells Tower’s “The Brown Coast”

I felt that throughout the story, there was an atmosphere of repulsion and disgust; many of the descriptions rely on negative sensory descriptions, like the fridge smelling ‘sour’ or Bob’s relationship being ‘curdled.’  The emphasis especially seems to be on … Continue reading

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“Empire”

In “Empire,” I noticed what seemed to be an emotional disconnect with the character the story revolves around and the actions taking place.  I wondered if this was perhaps just a reaction to reading so many short stories that are … Continue reading

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Johnson’s “Beverly Home”

I felt like I had to laugh while reading “Beverly Home,” or otherwise I’d cry.  I too once volunteered at a nursing care facility that went by the name ‘Beverly such-and-such’ and I have to say Johnson’s descriptions really took … 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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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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