The Anarchist's Convention and Other Stories
Before John Sayles was an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, he was a National Book Award-nominated writer of fiction. The Anarchists' Convention is his first short story collection, providing a prism of America through fifteen stories. These everyday peoplea kid on the road heading west, aging political activists, a lonely woman in Bostongo about their business with humor an...more
My favorites were "At the Anarchists' Convention," "Schiffman's Ape" and "I-80 Nebraska", mostly b/c they were unique perspectives that combined well the benign and the bizarre. His writing is spare (influenced by Carver??) and thus the reader is free to evoke sensation and images that enrich the reading experience - personally my favorite short story writing method b/...more
I am sure you are fans of well known writers who have great stories, but their characters seems to speak with the same voice (I'm thinking of Marge Piercy and Carl Heissen, and most thriller novelists).
Not Sayles. He has a terrific ear for the spoken word - and manages to recreate it on the page. I just love reading his...more