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The Dirty Blue Car: New Stories
Fiction. With the exception of the story "Dialogue, Dialogue, Monologue, Log" (1975), Fielding Dawson wrote all these stories between 1992 and 1997 and intended to publish them in the order they appear here. Dawson published 23 books during his lifetime-stories, memoirs, novels and poems-and established a reputation, as Andrei Codrescu puts it, as "a master stylist." "He ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published October 28th 2004 by Xoxox Press
(first published October 2004)
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Fielding Dawson occupies the space in my reading of the only experimental writer who does so without irony or pretension. His writing, in all of the short story books I have read of his, is all over the map, but the best of his stories are about the strange transcendant nature of teaching writing in prisons. I've never read anyone else who really lives the "I have learned from my students" motto the way he does. It's inspiring in that it makes teaching something that makes one's self better as a ...more