A very long story by Brodkey, “State of Grace” that I listened to while on a long run. Interesting and precocious. I am sure it is a fine story to teach in undergraduate classes. Almost the same key as Catcher in the Rye (nobody understands me!) but a completely different style. I prefer the snappy monologue of Holden. Once you hit fifty, though, patience for this kind of story declines terribly. Interesting to wonder why that is, but not terribly compelling, because might lead to platitude rather than insight. A nice reading, and entertaining discussion follows.
Blogs I Follow
- 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
- Damien Hirst documentary on Netflix “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable”
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