Ann Beattie

The State We’re In by Ann Beattie

Ann Beattie’s new short story collection is entitled The State We’re In. It’s a collection of loosely…

Why, Honey? by Raymond Carver from Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?

Carver has been an active part of my adult life and for the most part, the reason I’ve tried to become a writer. I like his people, they’re believable, and certainly more real than real, in most cases. Reading the Ann Beattie stories made me want to grab a Carver story, just to have it as a comparison.

The New Yorker Stories – Ann Beattie

I have a very ambitious plan for this collection, but to spell it out would drain it’s potency. I’ll probably screw it up, so… I didn’t always understand Walks With Men, because it flipped around, and through very tight and sparse sadness, seemed to fold in on itself. What that means, I don’t know.

Walks With Men by Ann Beattie

I’ll be honest, after page fifty I didn’t get Walks With Men. I understand that Jane, fresh out of school, and living in NYC mid 1980, falls in love with Neil, who is married, and doesn’t tell her. I got that part. I understood why she did it, or did it after she found out she was the “other woman”, but I didn’t get the guy living in Vermont, I mean I get it, but it’s like, what?

New Releases 11/16/2010

On the new release list this week are a few tp reprints, including Matterhorn and Ann Beattie’s New Yorker Stories. Also, if you were paying attention last week, you’ve already gotten a dose of Mark Safranko. You know what to do to get more. There’s also the new Patrick Somerville from our friends at Featherproof books – look for a review later this week.