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* Book Review: Pulse by Julian Barnes

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 29 January 2012

Book Review: Pulse (2011)(collection of short stories) by Julian Barnes (Flaubert’s Parrot (1984, shortlisted for the Booker Prize), England, England (1998, shortlisted for the Booker Prize), Arthur & George (2005, shortlisted for the Booker Prize), The Sense of an Ending (2011, winner of the Booker Prize).  Pulse is a collection of wonderful short stories taking the pulse of couples, and in which couples are the pulse, the life blood.  From parents, to newly weds, to first dates, to esoteric historical, from sharp, well-to-do couples, to once-hippie aging couples, to ’til-death-do-us-part couples, to couples divorcing within a year of marriage, from hetero to homo, from love to sex, from complicity to antagonism, from no-strings to all things, Pulse throws its net wide, not that there aren’t an infinity of couples outside of the net, each being, by definition unique, and unfathomable, no matter what we know.  In fact, what is love?  And, to paraphrase and twist, a bit, Raymond Carver, what (don’t) we talk about when we (don’t) talk about love; pain, fun, sharing, loss, thrill, support, tenderness and grief. A must-read for anyone who is, was, or will be part of a couple, or ever wished, or regretted, that they were part of a couple.  And for those solitaries who just wonder about it all.  Marvelous, thoughtful, entertaining and more. (PR)

See our post on the collection of short stories by Raymond Carver, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.

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Beginners – What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Beginners by Raymond Carver

Beginners (collection of short stories) (2009) by Raymond Carver    Beginners is the manuscript edition of the masterful short story writer Raymond Carver’s collection of stories What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, originally published in 1981.  Published by Carver’s wife and widow, Tess Gallagher, in 2009 (Carver himself died in 1988 at the age of 50), Beginners contains the original versions of the stories in WWTAWWTAL, prior to the rather drastic editing by Gordon Lish, Carver’s editor at Knopf.  The stories in Beginners, wonderful and sad, often lost in questions of love, family and life, and most always steeped in abundant alcohol, could be considered Dirty Realism, much as the work of John Fante (see our post on The Bandini Quartet), though much of Fante’s work predates the “movement” per se. (PR)

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

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The Last Bachelor

Posted by the editors on Monday, 11 July 2011

The Last Bachelor by Jay McInerney

The Last Bachelor (collection of short stories) (2009) by Jay McInerney (Bright Lights, Big City (1984), Brightness Falls (1992), The Good Life (2006))   The Last Bachelor, McInerney’s latest collection of stories, still pursues pleasure, most notably sexual pleasure, though this time with a dose of pain, guilt and anxiety. (PR)

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The Dead

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 12 April 2011

The Dead, directed by John Huston, theatrical release poster

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The Dead (1987) (DVD) Directed by John Huston (The Maltese Falcon (1941), The African Queen (1951), The Misfits (1961)), starring Anjelica Huston (Prizzi’s Honor (1985), The Crossing Guard (1995), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)), Donal McCann and others, screenplay by Tony Huston.  A tender, moving, softly sad film about the nature of life, and of death, based on the story The Dead, part of the collection of stories, Dubliners, by James Joyce, The Dead was John Huston’s last film, made when he, himself, was terribly ill and only months from dying. (PR)

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