Mink River
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Read between March 10 - March 25, 2012
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A town not big not small. In the hills in Oregon on the coast. Bounded by four waters: one muscular river, two shy little creeks, one ocean. End of May—the first salmonberries are just ripe.
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the first "complete" sentence strikes after three periods. poet or novelist?
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stunningtownwise—there
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ok so fragmenty + made-up words + negative examples that push further and further into their own imaginary hypothetical worlds + a dark humor and a flare for image.
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the oldest of which finally collapses on page 141;
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check this later.
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oh to be a geometrist of perspective or a painter in touch with his intuitive side
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shafts
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sheer jungle energy of trees and plants here,
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one of the reviewers mentioned the books love affair with adjectives and that reviewer could be right--do we really need "sheer" here?
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but don’t get all fascist and linear and anal like highways do;
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though you did mention intersections and angles
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or the black bear who wandered through the recycling shed at the Department of Public Works and tore apart a pile of newspapers and was discovered reading the New York Times travel section, turning the pages daintily with her claws as big and sharp as steak knives.
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awesome
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look up, right over there, see the eagle flying low and fast down Curlew Street? Watch: as he sails over the grocery store he whirls and snatches a whirling piece of cardboard, and he flapflopflaps down the street triumphantly, big as a tent, you can almost hear him thinking I am one bad-ass flying machine, this weird flat brown bird didn’t get away from me, no sir, nothing can elude my lightning deftness in the air …
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i'm not sure about this book yet, but i do like that eagle...
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so the lack of commas in this list is meant to give it a similar vigor? to passively apologize for your use of semicolons?
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and so many more stories, all changing by the minute, all swirling and braiding and weaving and spinning and stitching themselves one to another and to the stories of creatures in that place, both the quick sharp-eyed ones and the rooted green ones and the ones underground and the ones too small to see, and to stories that used to be here, and still are here in ways that you can sense sometimes if you listen with your belly, and the first green shoots of stories that will be told in years to come—so many stories braided and woven and interstitched and leading one to another like spider strands ...more
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there are so many stories
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capacious shadow
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he likes to stick with the same words. repetition is his game. also. eagle!
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The two men are drinking beer and eating salmonberries.
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of course they are
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publicworked
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nice. ok, ill shut up soon.
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You were going on interminably one day about how one way to defeat Time is by recording every story possible. Not only from people but from everything living.
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something tells me this is the theme of the book...
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holding on to his line of talk like a rope,
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lame
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I mean, really, to preserve history, collect stories, repair marriages, prevent crime, augment economic status, promote chess, manage insect populations, run sports leagues, isn’t that a bit much? We even give haircuts.
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i love your department!
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We have brains that still work so we have to apply them to pain.
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the moral imperative
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To speak to her honestly about her behavior is to care about her, Billy.
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love = honesty?
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This is me, Worried Man, making a tape for my grandson Daniel,
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draculalike use of multiple mediums
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ha-some description of horse stealing
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Mink River.
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first eponymn
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on "learning" to make love
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Her eyes are brown and green and when she is angry the green parts of her eyes flash like fish leaping in a river.
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someone who rated the book a one offered this as an example of ridiculously bad writing. i can't decide whether it's good, atrocious, or neither.
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It is good enough to make me think about her eyes, although I could not visualize the fish leaping, as they turn black, white and silver in my mind, which was able to convert the leaping fish to the…
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boneheadery and lazitude and punishness and detentionery.
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i like these words but i doubt the teacher thinks in these words
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Green fish are leaping furiously in her eyes.
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He makes friends easily because he likes to listen and he is almost always cheerful, even with girls. He thinks about girls all the time. He likes to ride his bike in the woods as fast as he can go.
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ack (and also, thats very stream of c there)
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Grace notices that Red Hugh can no longer easily bend over and pick up heavy tools so she patches the tires.
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is this repetition really necessary? id omit this paragraph.
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because she packed a suitcase two years ago and walked out the door without a word. The suitcase was enormous. It was far too big for her to carry. The sound of it being dragged down the gravel driveway will stay with Grace and her brothers for ever and ever and ever.
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a list! i really like his lists, but i sometimes feel that his rhythm is haphazard, which i dont like.
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Owen’s son Daniel recently began a list of the things in this room:
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i like daniel.
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perfect
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Cedar
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and i love cedar, though wasnt cedar short and old? and does he think this will actually work? physical power stopping physical power...
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your daddy has been a capering fox every minute since
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It began as a talk about carving holes in wood and then spun into holes in people, things missing; or as she said the feeling that something was missing that you’d never had and hadn’t known you didn’t have until suddenly you knew it.
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scary holes
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Does she pay that much attention to you? Sure
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smrt kid
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and soon after that we were trading salty kisses in our own language her long hair whirling around us like the salty arms of the salty sea.
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Sentence of the day.
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wow.
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There is no real love without fascination.
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[Who are you?]
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Moses, who had been taught to speak by a shy nun who found him broken in the mud, is intricately courteous and circumspect; also he has a dry humor and a corvidian cast of mind, as he likes to say, that combine to make his remarks intriguing.
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the crow can converse? wh-wh-what?
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A new crow is an awkward cake from the bakery of the Lord; all angles and bones, half naked still from the shell, hardly feathered at all.
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when she is bent over her desk in the window he floats over from the top of the refrigerator to her desk and says to her pain mud mother. A sentence neither of them ever forgot.
Andrew David
memory is a big theme here.
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A man’s hipbones are handles for his woman’s hands.
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Is this a nutty family or what?
Andrew David
yes (and good summary)
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He loves opera and his favorite opera of all is Puccini’s Tosca, which he knows by heart and plays constantly in the car. She thinks secretly that he will leave her because she is not exciting.
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here i think the back and forth works better than with the father-daughter passage a few pages ago, because of the language being parallel--he said... she said...
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forty years times a hundred dinners a year adds up to, let’s see, four thousand invitations. Or maybe eight thousand. And not one declined.
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i like friendship.
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a beautiful sad list about eating.
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