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Friday, October 29, 2010

Paris Review Interviews

The Paris Review has opened up the vaults on all its author interviews of the years. It's a staggering list.

Here's the link.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Picks of the Week

Hey, there were some big games on the line last weekend and I managed to call every single one of them. I went five for five, to bring my total up to 44 out of 62 games, or 71% on the season. last weekend Auburn and Michigan State and Missouri did a great deal to help solidify themselves as front runners. Oregon too is up there, and probably deserves to be #1 but the flailing Pac 10 ain't helping them out any, while the relative strength of the SEC West is giving Auburn a huge boost (though I wonder if anyone has noticed the steady downward drift of teams like South Carolina, and Miss St?).

This week there are really only three games of national significance. While there are a slew of middling games that will help clarify who goes to what unimportant bowl games for each conference, there are really only three important ones. MSU goes to Iowa for the last of the difficult games on their schedule, Missouri faces Big 12 North rivals Nebraska, and Oregon travels to the Coliseum to take on a USC program that would kill for a statement win right about now. It's hard to predict what will happen when so much is on the line and three of the top six teams are on the road against stiff conference opponents. I think one of these teams will lose. Stay tuned for which.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Young Me Now Me

Some of these pictures make me laugh. Some make me cry. But all of them remind me of how much we stay the same even as we change.

You Me Now Me.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Appalachian Gothic

The tag line for Charles Dodd White's debut novel, Lambs of Men, reads, "The war comes home," yet the phrase doesn't quite do this complex, subtle novel justice. A better tag line would have been, "The war was here all along." And war is indeed at the heart of this short, but intense, story. It twines between the characters, holding them hostage, and binding them together in surprising ways.

White is primarily known as an Appalachian specialist, setting nearly all of his fiction in the vast, rich mountain region between New York and Georgia, and certainly the mountains and its environs play a distinct role in this drama. Not since Louis L'Amour has the physical environment of a world been so lovingly conjured. White spends pages describing in depth the trees and sun and clouds and mountains, and yet not once does it become tedious or unnecessary. These hills are characters in themselves, the birth mother of this story and the characters that populate it.