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Matthew Cheney
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Elsewhere
I've mostly neglected The Mumpsimus this summer because I've been working on other things, including another blog, one related to and in support of my new job as Interim Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at Plymouth State University: a blog called Finit...
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Elsewhere
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Donald Hall (1928-2018)
Years ago, I picked up a couple of issues of Poetry  magazine that Donald Hall had gotten rid of. I don't remember where. A yard sale or library sale, maybe. A random table in a random shop, a random shelf in a random hallway. I have no idea. I remember, th...
Donald Hall (1928-2018)
Donald Hall (1928-2018)
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Writing in Crisis
I prefer, where truth is important, to write
fiction.  —Virginia Woolf, The Pargiters Preface It seems my doctoral dissertation has hit the ProQuest dissertations databases , so now is perhaps a useful time to say a few words about it here. First, the detai...
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Writing in Crisis
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Gardner Dozois (1947-2018)
The first rejection letter I ever got was from Gardner Dozois . I was in 6th grade and had just learned about submitting stories to magazines; I had also just started reading my mother's boss's copies of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine , which Dozoi...
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<i>Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories</i> by Vanana Singh
For the Los Angeles Review of Books , I wrote about one of my favorite recent collections of short stories, Vandana Singh's Ambiguity Machines , published by the great Small Beer Press : There is a stately elegance to all the stories collected in Ambiguity ...
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Compulsory Genres
In writing about Brian Evenson's book about Raymond Carver, I noted that both Evenson and I first read Carver right around the time we first read Kafka and Beckett, and we did so without knowledge of the contemporary American fiction writers he's often set ...
Compulsory Genres
Compulsory Genres
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<i>The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy</i>
At the end of my recent post about Raymond Carver , I noted the influence of James Purdy on Carver and Gordon Lish, an influence I hadn't paid attention to before. Coincidental to my rereading of Carver, I picked up a copy of The Complete Short Stories of J...
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"The Reader Awakes" in <i>Woolf Studies Annual</i>
My academic essay "The Reader Awakes: Pedagogical Form and Utopian Impulse in The Years " has now been published in  Woolf Studies Annual  volume 24 in a special section devoted to the late Jane Marcus . Here's the abstract: This essay considers Virginia Wo...
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Reading Raymond Carver Now
[May is National Short Story Month. I have no idea who declared it such, but for years I've paid attention to it thanks to Dan Wickett and the Emerging Writers Network . Last year, I wrote about John Keene's sentences for EWN. This year, I thought I'd write...
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<i>God's Own Country</i>
The revelatory, and perhaps even revolutionary, power of Francis Lee's film God's Own Country  resides not in the plot, which follows a formula familiar for centuries, but in the absence of conflicts we have been trained to expect by other narratives. It is...
<i>God's Own Country</i>
<i>God's Own Country</i>
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