Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Carver Redux

As I was, yes, alphabetizing my fiction books on Sunday, I came across Raymond Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. That title has always sent a little shiver of appreciation through me for early Carver's highly distilled conveyance of emotion. But alas (see Carving Carver, below)I had a different reaction on Sunday. I thought: ah, yes, and then immediately I wondered whether Gordon Lish had come up with that title.

Well, damn. I guess I have the answer to my question, don't I? My feelings about Ray Carver's work have changed. I think I need to read Cathedral again.

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