Sonny Liston Was a Friend of Mine
In the fall of 1984, after Raymond Carver's Cathedral came out, I got a letter from a former professor of mine, the best writing teacher I ever had. It was in his class three years earlier that I'd first been exposed to Carver's stories. It was under his tutelage that I came fully to appreciate Carver's idiosyncratic, totemic...more
Thom Jones captures Dick-Lit, in a prolific way that is both thoughtful and ugly.
Every short story oozes a touch of masculinity and has the reader astonished that a former maintenance man for Iowa State not only wrote these amazing pieces, but also has been able to form a secure career in the literary world by doing so.
One of the best books I've ever read. Hands down.
-Kate Sekules, Salon
Jones reminds me a little ...more
Thom's writing hits the mark in almost every way I want to see on the page. This short story collection exemplifies the man's skill, full of raw power and precision, careful craftsmanship and strong executions.
When it came to the individual stories though, some fell flat for me, while othe ...more
Jones was raised in Aurora, Illinois, and attended the University of Hawaii, where he played catcher on the baseball team. He later attended the University of Washington, from which he graduated in 1970, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, from which he received an M.F.A. in 1973.
Jones train ...more