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Short Story Wednesdays: "Where I'm Calling From" by Raymond Carver

Short Story Wednesdays: "Where I'm Calling From" by Raymond Carver

If Alcoholics Anonymous really is a model for the Church, then Raymond Carver has some of the best ecclesiology around! This time we turn to a story from his Cathedral collection about addiction, love, empathy, and (just maybe!) redemption. To read along, go here. The next morning Frank Martin got me aside and said, ‘We […]

The End Is the Beginning Is the End, Part IV: Living Backwards

The End Is the Beginning Is the End, Part IV: Living Backwards

To read the previous installment, go here. For part one, here. Silent in the Still Waters of Mystery Here’s an example of the reflexivity of my own self-interested, predetermined fiction-making. Recently, I sauntered into the elevator at the end of a day at the courthouse. Like every elevator, this one has an “emergency” button. After […]

The End Is the Beginning Is the End, Part III: The Trellis of the Mind

The End Is the Beginning Is the End, Part III: The Trellis of the Mind

The End Is the Beginning We are all familiar with fictions in which the desire for consolation puts the beginning and middle “under the shadow of the end.”  In fact, we all write numerous such fictions, many of them daily: think of every argument that takes place in your mind, how the end is determined, […]

The End Is the Beginning Is the End, Part II: Writing Backwards

The End Is the Beginning Is the End, Part II: Writing Backwards

Where the Imperfections of Memory Meet the Inadequacies of Documentation The story of Adrian’s suicide begins with a girl.  In college, Tony dates a sharp and judgmental girl named Veronica, who will not allow Tony to “go all the way.”  The relationship includes a weekend trip home to Veronica’s condescending family, where Tony hears, and […]

The End Is the Beginning Is the End, Part I: A Review of Julian Barnes' "The Sense of an Ending"

The End Is the Beginning Is the End, Part I: A Review of Julian Barnes' "The Sense of an Ending"

There are a million reasons to read Julian Barnes’ novella The Sense of an Ending, but I can think of only one reason not to: you have special disdain for the delicacy of language struck by a fine author operating with prodigious grace at the height of his powers.  Yes, that annoys me, too.  And, […]