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Modern Vikings? Tower’s “Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned”

Well, since I can’t sound smart anymore about my reading of “Going to the Dogs,” I suppose that I can attempt at “Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned.” To me, this is the best story that we have read by Wells Tower. … Continue reading

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Bobby in “Sweethearts”

The character of Bobby really baffles me in the beginning.  The idea that two divorced people could still be civil and friends after the fact is just strange, different even, from what I know.  Bobby is tied to the three … Continue reading

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“A businessman, not a poet…”

“I am just a businessman, not a poet,” Robert Olen Butler’s narrator declares in the opening of the story “The Trip Back.” Here is the quintessential example of the unreliable first-person narrator, for despite his adamant objection, this man is … Continue reading

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Point-of-view in “Great Falls”

I’d forgotten how amazing a story “Great Falls” is because it has been a long time since I last read it. It has so many wonderful moments, so many deft touches, that I could spend an entire class going over … Continue reading

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