Guess I’m feeling motivated to get back in this particular game. So I’m currently reading an anthology of short stories, edited by Jeffrey Eugenides, called My Mistress’s Sparrow is Dead: Great Love Stories, from Chekhov to Munro, which is really neither here nor there as a collection, but which reminded me how crucial it is that I explore Lorrie Moore’s work further. ...
I recently re-read Joan Didion’s seminal essay “Goodbye to All That” (1968, pub’d in Slouching Towards Bethlehem) as I’d thrown it higgledy-piggledy onto my syllabus at the last minute a couple of months ago. To my great surprise, I also was actually able to ‘teach’ the essay to my students this past week. Let’s say that, as in most things, my...