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Tabloid Dreams by Robert Olen Butler
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Sep 13, 2010

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bookshelves: fiction, 2010, short-stories
Read from October 14 to December 26, 2010

In this collection of short stories, Robert Olen Butler takes actual headlines from tabloid newspapers and writes a story to go along with them. While the idea is great and there are a few gems (my favorites were "Woman Uses Glass Eye to Spy on Philandering Husband," "Jealous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot," and "Every Man She Kisses Dies") too many of the stories went on for a bit too long and seemed to be written more to fit the theme of the book than because Butler was truly moved to tell this particular story. A gimmick can only work for so long, which is the danger of basing a whole collection of stories on one.

Still, not a terrible book and a great example of how to find inspiration in all kinds of places - including the tabloids.

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