Genre: short stories
Basics: Pacific Northwest, working class
Tess Gallagher is primarily known as a poet. But I haven’t read much of her poetry. I have read this book, cover to cover.
I like reading short stories because I usually manage one (or two or three) before bed. If I’m reading a novel, I have to drag myself away to turn off the light, and if I come to a cliffhanger at the end of a chapter, I usually curse the author.
There’s something, too, about the elegance of short stories. A well-structured novel is like a well-designed city. As much as you may enjoy being in it, you don’t really ever map it in your head. A well-structured short story is like being in a really well-designed house. It might be cozy or cold, crammed or spare, but you can hold the whole thing in your mind at one time. You can feel it as you move through it.
Jesus has super moist, feminine, kissable lips. (Bitable? That sounds sort of like Bible. Have we been reading it wrong lo these hundreds of years?)
This is a real postcard that arrived in my sister’s mailbox, unsolicited.
And He’s a fan of Justin Timberlake. (He’s also sort of behind the times– 2006– but not nearly as much as one would think.
Who knew? Do you think Ann Coulter knew? I mean, Justin himself certainly seems to think he’s the second coming.
My parents are having distinct reactions to their occasional presence on my blog. One of them doesn’t want to appear on it. The other enjoys making the occasional appearance.
Now I suspect that one of them is trying to control me. And one of them is trying to get famous through me.
I feel just like a Kardashian.
STARS: WE’RE JUST LIKE THEM.
Look, I like the environment too, and I try to carry reusable bags, and I understand that they’re trying to make being “plastic bagless” cool, but a) bagless isn’t a word and b) do these guys look like they’re the bag-carrying type? Its hard to fight when you’re loaded down with stuff. They’re most likely to just hold their styrofoam plate lunches and 6 packs and cigarettes in their hands. I mean, maaaaybe they all have kale and quinoa and acai in there. I don’t know their lives.