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kevin-arnold's picture
Jul.25.2012
In a fiction seminar I took at Stanford summer school in the early 1980s, the teacher, Chuck Kinder, brought Raymond Carver to class.  Carver was well over six feet with the quiet demeanor of a man much smaller.  He had just published another story in Esquire and was thoughtfully upbeat...
kevin-arnold's picture
Jun.25.2012
     Before his seminar, I’d not heard of Rosenman, but from the moment he insisted on shaking each participant’s hand as we joined him in the lecture room, I realized he was one of the most amazing people I’d ever met.  He didn't quite surpass Raymond Carver, but that's a...
christopher-meeks's picture
Dec.19.2011
I recently saw a documentary, To Write and Keep Kind, a PBS documentary on the life and writing of Raymond Carver. It's part of the two-disc Criterion Collection version of Robert Altman's movie Short Cuts, based on Raymond Carver's short stories. I couldn't help but think at the end of the...
monty-heying's picture
Dec.16.2011
For those interested in editor Gordon Lish's influence on Raymond Carver's work, here's a web site rich with material:  http://donswaim.com/nytimes.carverchronicles.html Below is an excerpt. "Overall, Lish's editorial changes generally struck me as for the better. Some of the cuts were...
steven-belanger's picture
Feb.06.2011
Mankell is a writer of Swedish noir; he inspired Stieg Larsson, and, perhaps, me.  I've been purposely trying to learn as I read these days.  Not in an academic way--at least until I take my next Masters class--but in a way that I understand writing better so that my writing is also better.  I...
kevin-arnold's picture
Jan.09.2011
The few days I spent with Ray Carver were unforgettable, his presence so quietly powerful that it shouldn't surprise me that so many who met him want to write about the experience.  On Amazon the search term ‘Raymond Carver' results in over five hundred books; reprints, anthologies, criticism, and...
kevin-arnold's picture
May.29.2010
RedRoom has asked us to blog on luck this week.  Here are poems from two writers who find luck where others might despair.  This poem, posted posthumously in the New Yorker in 1988, within weeks of Raymond Carver’s death from lung cancer, relates how very lucky he felt: Gravy No other word will do...
monty-heying's picture
May.17.2010
[Spoiler alert] The most intriguing short story plot I've read is Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" because the plot is so integral to the compelling main character and nameless first-person narrator, a man who struggles with insecurity over a visit by his wife's sightless long time male friend, Robert...
monty-heying's picture
May.11.2010
[Spoiler Alert] Three dimensional characters have more depth than those rendered merely on a physical or social plane. Each of these dimensions has its purpose and place, but it is that third dimension, psychological depth, that ensures a strong emotional response in the reader. When compelling...
monty-heying's picture
May.08.2010
Of the short stories I have read, the one with the greatest sense of reality for me is Raymond Carver's "Cathedral." From the start, I felt transported into the mind of the nameless first-person narrator. The intimacy of this point of view remains intact throughout the story, and the voice rings...