Digging in

Have been trying to consciously knock off more of the “classic” books and writers. But it’s daunting (Anna Karenina is up next) and so I’ve begun with the big ol’ Norton anthology of short fiction. One of those enormously dense (in both senses) brick-thick anthologies with the onion-skin paper, so heavy it feels in your hand like, I don’t know, a cow’s liver. Some of them just sit there like well-built dead fish but generally I’m glad I’m doing it. Highlights: “Gusev” by Chekhov and “Barn Burning” by Faulkner. It is a way to start on this education that perhaps I sidestepped.

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