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The Pugilist at Rest by Thom Jones
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Jul 02, 07

I finally read this book after reading the phrase "contemporary masters of the short story like Carver and [Thom] Jones." Raymond Carver he ain't. But there are some great moments in this book, along with some stories of the sort you wrote the year before you got into grad school. He makes a theme of trying to reconcile the hyper-masculine tradition of guys who are putting on boxing wraps in their author photo with the intellectual tradition of Schopenhauer and close readings of the Doors. That's an important type of contemporary American life that I think deserves more play, and Jones gets it right, mostly. Too bad he was killed in a blimp accident shortly after this book was lionized.
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