Every year I re-read much of Raymond Carver's work and this year I've become fascinated by some I've read so many times before that are striking me in new and unusual ways. "Fat", "Sacks", "Vitamins"....it's fascinating how even after you read and re-read these multiple times that the impression they leave when you read them in different order can change.
The Collected Stories is really something - it's like sometimes you think if you have that book, enough money for coffee and train fare you could build a whole life around that
Post by Tommen_Saperstein on Apr 27, 2019 19:26:09 GMT
I was never much of a reader but I've always enjoyed short stories. Ray Bradbury defined much of my adolescent reading with a bit of Stephen King towards the end, and now King my go-to for fiction in my young adulthood. I'll have to revisit some of those Bradbury stories. I must have read hundreds of 'em in my teens. I was voracious. I'll post a list in a couple days probably, along with my list of my favorite Kings because I love his short fiction.
Also like Poe and Lovecraft but I never consumed them as hungrily. Poe was in many ways my introduction to literary horror in my youth but I never did a deep-dive of his work. My favorites are the ones that probably everyone has read: "Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Pit and the Pendulum." I also really liked "Hop-Frog" for its cathartic nastiness. At that time I hadn't read any stories that were more shocking or disturbing. Lovecraft came to me much later, post-King, and partly because references to his work pop up everywhere in King's oeuvre (especially the wonderful "N." and "Crouch End"). The one that stands out most to me is "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," but that was before I discovered how unapologetically racist he was. It's harder to enjoy his creative descriptions of monstrous races of reptilian humanoid knowing that they stemmed from Lovecraft's revulsion of miscegenation. Knowing that his descriptions of these creatures could just as easily been him describing a black person throws a shade of ugliness over his work.
Was also obsessed with Kipling's Just So Stories. So delightfully whimsical and imaginative. Especially loved "The Elephant's Child" and "How the First Letter was Written."
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A friend shoved this story into my hand, "How to Become a Writer" by Lorrie Moore, who I've never heard of.... It's very witty, only 5 pages or so, I think some MAers would love it so I'm posting a PDF! It's like a satire of a self-help column meets mini auto-bio told in the second-person.