Yearly Archives: 2010

Thirty Years Ago

A typical scene.  College guys sitting in their dorm watching Monday Night Football.  Mohlson’s Golden Ale. Doritos.  Lots of cross-talk.  Somebody said, “Hold on, something’s happening.”  I hung on every word, and every word lasted an eternity,  hoping it would … Continue reading

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The Art of the Novella: First Love by Ivan Turgenev

In the late 1850’s, three wealthy Russians have supper at the home of one of the men.  After the plates are cleared away and the middle-aged gentlemen are enjoying cigars, they trade stories of their first loves.  Two of them … Continue reading

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On Memory and Fiction

In part four of Ian McEwan’s Atonement, aging author Briony Tallis is revealed to be the author of the novel that comprises the previous three sections of the book.  She is dying of vascular dementia, and that this, her last … Continue reading

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