Coterie Writers Of Minimum Distinction Memorial Thread

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Stanley elkin

D-4(y)0 (wins), Sunday, 26 July 2015 11:36 (six years ago) link

Cynthia Ozick

D-4(y)0 (wins), Sunday, 26 July 2015 11:37 (six years ago) link

i only for the first time just now got around to googling the thread title

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Sunday, 26 July 2015 11:54 (six years ago) link

others may confirm/deny but: i feel like literally no one in europe has ever read a novel by wallace stegner?

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Sunday, 26 July 2015 11:54 (six years ago) link

Strike out "in Europe" maybe

Harold Brodkey? Is Wallace Stegner actually any good, btw? I keep getting his name in my head because I'm reading Wallace Stevens but don't really remember who Stegner is or what he did.

sonic thedgehod (albvivertine), Sunday, 26 July 2015 16:39 (six years ago) link

I've read a Stegner novel.

Aimless, Sunday, 26 July 2015 17:17 (six years ago) link

Wallace Stegner prob has a Wikipedia page with a better sketch of him, but briefly, he is usually identified as one of a coterie of writers whose work is associated with the western USA and its local problems, culture, characters and point of view. iirc, he taught writing at some Montana university.

I liked his non-fic book The Hundredth Meridian, about Powell's explorations of the Colorado River.

Aimless, Sunday, 26 July 2015 18:04 (six years ago) link

Correction: Beyond the Hundredth Meridian.

Aimless, Sunday, 26 July 2015 18:21 (six years ago) link

Looking at his Wikipedia page, he taught creative writing at Stanford U, not in Montana. Now I'm curious which Montana prof I mixed him up with.

Aimless, Sunday, 26 July 2015 18:29 (six years ago) link

I've decided I was thinking of William Kittredge, a much less talented writer than Stegner, but who grew up in Oregon and taught at U of Montana.

Aimless, Sunday, 26 July 2015 18:48 (six years ago) link

Looking at his Wikipedia page, he taught creative writing at Stanford U, not in Montana. Now I'm curious which Montana prof I mixed him up with.

Yup, taught at Stanford. Did not leave them his papers for posterity, though.

he really didn't!

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Monday, 27 July 2015 00:15 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

A decent courtesy is more than sufficient.

Sigue Sigue Kaputnik (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 19 September 2016 02:15 (five years ago) link

Nicholson Baker to thread

Tell me who sends these infamous .gifs (bernard snowy), Monday, 19 September 2016 23:47 (five years ago) link

five years pass...

I liked Salter's The Hunters and Light Years in different ways, the latter going toward his lush (prob in more ways than one) later style, but the former reeling in the impressions because fighter pilot on morning runs---not quite like anything else I've read. Think he was fairly famous, for a coterie/writer's writer (sometimes showing you what not to do, inadvertently)

dow, Monday, 18 October 2021 01:48 (three months ago) link

Also read a Sorrentino story, in Esquire, I think, about a writer who twisted his life around one manuscript of a novel---eventually, he badgered someone into reading it who told him it became two stories, tangled; he needed to pull them apart, and then...he rejected this worked and partied and sneered on, on, on---pretty good!

dow, Monday, 18 October 2021 01:53 (three months ago) link

Richard Elman (I found his memoir Namedropping wonderful.)

alimosina, Friday, 29 October 2021 03:47 (two months ago) link


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