This post is written on deadline as my connection only lasts 20 minutes (minus mail-checking, etc).
Read this first. Thanks.
I am so glad you reacquainted yourself with the erstwhile Beagle. It’s not my fault, it was serendipity, you said.
Sleight of Hand is a trove of beautiful stories.
The thing is, short stories are such hard-won and ephemeral things of beauty (I have to attribute this to another American writer Jeffrey Eugenides who described stories as such), and the one called “The Vanishing”, well. . . I closed the book and sighed for its sheer elegance and sadness and beauty. (I lack a thesaurus just now.)
- Jeffrey Eugenides talks about ‘The Marriage Plot’ and pokes fun at literary theorists (3quarksdaily.com)