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I still remember the brilliance of "In the Weeds." Everyone who went to college with the author (which sort of includes me, in a mutual-crowd sense) was over the moon when Lou got a short story in The New Yorker and a book of stories published. Our world was smaller then. To share gossip and news about one another, we wrote letters and made phone calls. And with no small amount of pride, we went to our local bookstores and requested that they stock some copies of our friend-of-a-friend's book. ...more
A pretty good collection of off-center stories, unusual for the most part for their settings than for anything else. A few, like "Christmas Eve at the OK Naked Corral" focus on dialog, this one is a conversation between strippers in a strip joint. Strong stories include "In the Weeds," about a Cambodian busboy who is misunderstood and mistreated in the Oklahoma restaurant in which he works and finally cracks. Also good are "One Hundred Foreskins," about an Indian slaughterhouse worker pursuing a ...more