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Here and Somewhere Else: Stories and Poems by Grace Paley and Robert Nichols
Here two writers married to each other employ dramatically different narrative styles and voices to write politically. Often seriocomic, Grace Paley’s short fiction, including a previously uncollected New Yorker story, features characters “talking in their heads.” Robert Nichols, a master of the macabre incident described in surreal terms, sets his new stories in rural Ver ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by The Feminist Press at CUNY
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Here and Somewhere Else: Stories and Poems by Grace Paley and Robert Nichols brings together a few late-in-life stories and poems by Grace Paley and by her husband, playwright Robert Nichols, in a series called Two by Two, intending the juxtaposition of their writings as a reflection on their lives together as well as their separate works. The introduction by Marianne Hirsch introduced me Robert and his role in Grace's life, and the title, Here and Somewhere Else prepared me to appreciate how hi ...more
I picked this up thinking the point of the thing was to introduce a worthy, lesser-known writer by pairing him or her with a well-establish master. It turns out that these two are (were -- both now deceased) married and perhaps the only reason to read them together is to contemplate what makes one writer a genius (Paley) and another a plodder (Nichols) in spite of similar outlooks, themes, and even some similar formal qualities (on the surface, at least). The difference seems to start at the lev ...more
Grace Paley was an American short story writer, poet, and political activist whose work won a number of awards.More about Grace Paley...