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Book Title: You've Got to Read This: Contemporary American Writers Introduce Stories that Held Them in Awe|
Date of issue: September 17th 1994
ISBN 13: 9780060982027
The author of the book: Ron Hansen
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.10 MB
Edition: Harper Perennial
Read full description of the books You've Got to Read This: Contemporary American Writers Introduce Stories that Held Them in Awe:Short stories are the three minute singles of the literary world and anyone who has been pasted to the wall by the furious power of 19th Nervous Breakdown or the limpid beauty of Waterloo Sunset and yet hasn't managed to keep awake during an entire Stones or Kinks album will know what I mean. A great short story has a pungency and a pure serendipity. Alas, though, for every Paint It Black there are a couple of Angies (ouch) and for every Lola there's a few Plasticmen (ecch).
So it is with every short story collection, even ones like this which announce that every story in it has tore down somebody's life and rebuilt it from the basement up. There are some of my favourites here like Borges' The Aleph (oh who could not love that one) and Molly Giles' Pie Dance and Lars Gustafsson's Greatness Strikes Where it Pleases (what a title) and there are a whole lot where you have to think that you don't get them, I mean, they're okay and all, but not THAT great.
Having grown up with science fiction, which is essentially a short story genre no matter what the bookshops heaving with three-volume series may imply, I remained a low-level short story addict, but it's a lonely obsession since while you can chat about novels with your pals, short stories fly under most readers' radar. So it's little use me complaining about something like Angela Carter's Reflections - what kind of shit is that? You got to be kidding me! or Mary Caponegro's The Star Cafe - what kind of shit is that? Now I KNOW you're kidding me! Us short story readers learn to shrug, spit in the dust, move our haversack of expectations to our other shoulder, and walk on.
Read information about the authorHansen was born in Omaha, Nebraska, attended a Jesuit high school, Creighton Preparatory School and earned a Bachelor's degree in English from Creighton University in Omaha in 1970. Following military service, he earned an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1974 and held a Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellowship at Stanford University. He later earned an M.A. in Spirituality from Santa Clara University. Hansen has received fellowships from the Michigan Society of Fellows, the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the Lyndhurst Foundation, as well as an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
Hansen is the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara University, where he teaches courses in writing and literature. He is married to the writer Bo Caldwell and is the stepfather of her two children, John Scott "Scotty" Caldwell Arnold and Kate Arnold. Scotty attends Hansen's place of employment, Santa Clara University, and Kate is pursuing her medical degree at Georgetown University.
In January 2007, Hansen was ordained as a permanent deacon of the Catholic Church.
In May 2009, Hansen was inducted to the college of fellows at Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology.
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