Last night I read “The Story of a Scar” by James Alan McPherson, and I have to say that it is an excellent short story. The dialogue is gripping, and the characters sympathetic. I wasn’t quite sure about the ending. Not sure how/why it tied the story together; it does so in an obvious way, but in short stories like this there is a deeper text, that I just didn’t apprehend right away. Have to think more about it. I had never heard of McPherson, even though he apparently still teaches at Iowa. So I have some more stories to look forward to. His collection, Elbow Room, won the Pulitzer prize back in 1978.
Blogs I Follow
- Pamela Roberts et Ezechiel Lopemba de SIL en visite à FAVL-BF
- Someday you might like this song by Jason Molina, Farewell Transmission, but don’t go down his dark path no no
- Why did the South support the Federal income tax and the 16th amendment? because they understood the Progressive movement all too well
- Who I Am & Why I Am Where I Am by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
- Kathryn Schulz in The New Yorker, on WIlliam Kelley, a fantastic short essay
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