Mavis Gallant’s “Overhead in a Balloon” (1984)

2019-06-11T15:16:00-05:00

We have to assume that Speck came first, with “Speck’s Idea” published in 1979. “Overhead in a Balloon” was published five years later (both stories in the pages of “The New Yorker”, where the majority of Mavis Gallant’s stories appeared before they were bound into collections). So we have

Mavis Gallant’s “Overhead in a Balloon” (1984)2019-06-11T15:16:00-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “With a Capital T”

2019-04-09T12:45:50-05:00

In this story, Linnet is “seamless”, she is “as smooth as brass”. And she has returned to her godmother’s house, as a journalist, sent to conduct an interview. She has written down her assignment, like any other, without commenting that the woman is her godmother. unsplash-logoMatt Artz She is hesitant,

Mavis Gallant’s “With a Capital T”2019-04-09T12:45:50-05:00

Quarterly Stories: Winter 2018

2019-03-20T14:18:02-05:00

Faust, Gallant, Hawley, Madsen and Ross Short Stories in October, November and December "It was a long time - a long time watching him the way you watch a finger tightening slowly in the trigger of a gun – and then suddenly wrenching himself to action

Quarterly Stories: Winter 20182019-03-20T14:18:02-05:00

Shadow Giller: Thea Lim’s An Ocean of Minutes (2018)

2018-11-25T17:51:46-05:00

Shadow Giller review contents: In Short, a 300-word and spoiler-free summary, intended to have a broad appeal; In Detail, elaborating on one aspect of the book which I found remarkable (perhaps only interesting for others who have read the book or who have an interest more mechanical aspects of

Shadow Giller: Thea Lim’s An Ocean of Minutes (2018)2018-11-25T17:51:46-05:00

Louise Erdrich’s The Master Butchers Singing Club (2003)

2018-08-09T11:07:47-05:00

Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of talk of tissue and blood in this story and simmering beneath. Bodies and carcasses (and not all in the expected places) are salved and slaughtered, vulnerabilities exposed and secrets maintained. The intimacy which I longed for in The Beet Queen (1986) pulses and surges

Louise Erdrich’s The Master Butchers Singing Club (2003)2018-08-09T11:07:47-05:00