It’s hard for me to put into words how much Coover’s writing has meant to me, but had I never read his forever-anthologized short story “The Babysitter” in an undergraduate lit class, I would not have become a writer. John’s Wife remains to me his greatest achievement and a high point in American fiction, though it’s probably the least-read of his major novels. I recommend it all the time, and it was my first and certainly my biggest influence as a writer.
or, Artifacts from a World I Do Not Recognize
I love coming across mass market editions of books by writers whom you wouldn’t normally associate with that format (at least for those of us who were born in the seventies or later). Below are a few I’ve come across in used book stores. I always wonder: [...]
Recently, since I received a first edition of You Bright and Risen Angels from my wife for xmas, I completed my collection of first editions from William T. Vollmann. Here’s a shot of the complete set.