THE JACKMAN’S marriage had been adulterous and violent, but in its last days, they became a couple again, as they might have if one of them were slowly dying. Andre Dubus, incipit di The Winter Father, da Finding a Girl in America: Ten Short Stories and a Novella
Jeffrey Eugenides loves Denis Johnson’s writing (and Vladmir Nabokov, and Saul Bellow). Jhumpa Lahiri loves Mavis Gallant, Andre Dubus, Gina Berriault. Nicole Krauss choses Thomas Bernhard, Bruno Schulz, W.G. Sebald and Danilo Kiš. These are the “writers for writers” mentioned in a discussion hosted by the New Yorker Festival last night.
Yesterday I finished a short story by Andre Dubus, Deaths at Sea. Most of it takes place in the japanese harbour of Yokosuka in 1961. It’s a story about american sailors, racism, liberty nights. Then today I’ve stumbled upon a picture by Shomei Tomatsu in the Moma.