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We Others by Steven Millhauser
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Oct 11, 11

Read from October 02 to 11, 2011

Millhauser plays a lot with a mixing of the fantastic-and-mundane, which is just the sort of thing I most enjoy, and I believe he shines best when he explores the lives and works of peculiar artists. He paints their creations and attitudes towards art in loving detail, and it is artists like August Eschenburg and Eisenheim the Illusionist who linger longest and in full glory after the reading. These protagonists' titular stories as well as "The Slap," "The Barnum Museum," "The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad," and "Cat 'n' Mouse" struck me as the best of the lot.
And if you have (or plan to) look into Millhauser's stories, I would also suggest this piece that I feel deserved a place in the selected stories: "In the Reign of King Harad IV" http://www.newyorker.com/online/2010/...
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