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
― Archaic Buster Poindexter, Live At The Apollo (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 July 2015 21:13 (six years ago) link
he really didn't!
― ♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Monday, 27 July 2015 00:15 (six years ago) link
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
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