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Original Essays | August 21, 2014

Richard Bausch: IMG Why Literature Can Save Us

Our title is, of course, a problem. "Why Literature Can Save Us." And of course the problem is one of definition: what those words mean. What is... Continue »
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    Before, During, After

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A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor
A Summons to Memphis

Carol Carpenter, August 20, 2012

A beautiful book; a masterpiece. I have found that, as a general rule, writers who are best known for short stories write good novels, but not great ones. A Summons to Memphis is certainly an exception. As Peter Taylor is one of the best short story writers in the world, you wouldn't expect that he could sustain that fine observational skill that creates such wonderful stories over the course of a novel, but he does. While perhaps the novel seems repetitive to some, I would say it is necessarily meditative--a word that is often overused in describing fiction, but which fits here.
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