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Holy, holy, holy lord. This was flat-out horrible. I'll read some of Lish's other, earlier work before making too harsh a judgement against him as a writer overall (though as a Carver fan I'll admit to a bias), but this collection was laughably bad. At its most concrete (meaning its least abstract or metaphorical (I'm assuming the story about a married couple whose primary activity together is frequent vomiting is a metaphor for . . . something)) these stories resemble the silly childishness of ...more
Some good stories, some not so good -- he would tell you that himself if you asked. Gordon Lish's legacy is as an editor and teacher, although I think his writing will not get due credit until long after he's dead. Whatever. If you read this book, read the stories aloud. They are better that way.
Gordon Jay Lish is an American writer. As a literary editor, he championed many American authors, particularly Raymond Carver, Barry Hannah, Amy Hempel, and Richard Ford.More about Gordon Lish...