What I am reading in school this week #1

Thursday, September 16, 2004 3:28 pm
Cambridge. MA

What I am reading in school this week:

• Essays in “Best American Travel Writing 2001,” including:
• “As Long As We Were Together, Nothing Bad Could Happen to Us,” by Scott Anderson;
• “Fox and Whale, Priest and Angel,” by Russell Banks;
• “Among the Man Eaters,” by Philip Caputo;
• “Desperate Passage,” by Michael Finkel;
• and one of my most favorite pieces of writing ever by one of my favorite writers, “Why We Travel,” by Pico Iyer.

• The beginning of “The Art of Creative Nonfiction,” by Lee Gutkind.
• “Where I’m Calling From,” by Raymond Carver. (short story)
• “Why Don’t You Dance,” by Raymond Carver (short story)
• “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” Raymond Carver (short story)
• “Cathedral,” Raymond Carver (short story)
• “A Small, Good Thing,” Raymond Carver (short story)
• “The Lady with the Dog,” Anton Chekov (short story)
• “Barn Burning,” William Faulkner (short story)
• Chekov criticism by D.S. Mirsky (essay)
• “The Housebreaker of Shady Hill,” by John Cheever. (short story)
• “Reunion,” by John Cheever. (short story)
• “Emergency,” by Denis Johnson. (short story)
• “Bullet in the Brain,” by Tobias Wolfe. (short story)
• “How to Become a Writer,” by Lorrie Moore. (short story from the book “Self Help” … I highly recommend, it’s very funny, and written in the second person, which is hard to do.)
• “For the Union Dead,” by Robert Lowell. (poem.)

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