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Self-Help by Lorrie Moore
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Dec 15, 11

Read in December, 2011

I think the last story, "To Fill" is absolutely devastating. I knew it would be which is why I had to put the story aside midway because I knew I needed to read it only when I could stand hitting bottom with this remarkable character Riva. I only brought myself to finish today because I'm getting reminders from the library. I don't know why I hadn't read this book previously. I've been working backwards from "The Gate at the Top of the Stairs." I read "Anagrams" in August then last month Stephanie Kallos mentioned that a section on her blog was inspired by Lorrie Moore's "Becoming A Writer" story in "Self Help." Would they were all that story because other pieces are sometimes so dark I want to overdose on something to end the character's pain. Can anyone else capture depression the way the Moore does, with almost constant wordplay? I could write an entire essay on just the last story, "To Fill," but right now I need more Kleenex because of the ending.
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