To it Aalto brought an informality and sensitivity, deriving ultimately from the crudely charming but usable vernacular of his country, that most commentators would agree had previously been lacking.
April 10, Keywords: The protagonists, mostly men and boys, are of ten observed during moments of crisis. The middle-aged narrator of Falli ng, sifting through bittersw eet memories, attempts to come to terms with a loved ones loss, the impact of that tragedy on his life, and the burden of misplaced guilt.
In Smile, a young man struggles with an uncaring lover and makes a fateful decision about a stash of stol en money during a strang e trip to Key West, a journey spiked with pop-culture referenc es and viewed through the haze of LSD.
A romance between a good woman and a hard-drinking man, begun during the s, is at the center of Cracker Etiquette: The rules of romance, circa the s, are examined in Just a Kiss, a st ory of twenty-something sexual frustration and emotional angst set in Tampa and inde bted, in part, to a Hemingway story.
An entirely different milieu is explored in The Night Frank Sinatra Saved Pops Life, which takes place at a New Jersey familys beach house in South Florida and centers on a Mafia hit mans rete lling of his long-ago encounter with the Chairman of the Board. PAGE 4 iii What the Neighbor Saw, the most psychedelic of these stories, and one of the authors oldest pieces of fiction, closes the collection with a murder mystery told from the point of view of a disturbed suburbanite.
These tales offer a unique perspective on a South that may have existed only inside one writers mind.
As a longtime journalist, Ive always subscribed to that view, believing that the news reporting of, say, Bob Woodw ard and Carl Bernstein in The Washington Post on the fall of the Nixon White House was every bit as compelling as the finest fiction of the period. Theirs was a bracing narrative filled with a fascinating cast of characters, an engaging true-life story that began with s ecrets and lies at the highest levels of government, continued with unraveling career s and concluded with the fall of a oncemighty ruler.
No wonder the resultant book, All the Presidents Men and the movie of the same name, inspired so many writers of my generation to pursue careers in journalism.
Fertile, stunningly told stories, too, drawn from real life and driven by engaging narrative arcs, are also to be found in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and the other nonfiction work of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Journalism and literature have always b een connected in another, perhaps more obvious way, too: Talented journalists, like Mark Twain, Jack London, Ernest Hemingway and, more recently, the Florid a crime writer Carl Hiaasen, moved beyond newspapers to become formidable creators of fiction.
The hard, sometimes monotonous work of reporting gathering facts, seeki ng out sources, intervie wing people, running into dead ends, analyzing info rmation, relating the results to the public as entertainingly as possible paid off for these writers, and many others.
They were each able to successfully transition from the craft of r ecounting and illuminating the deeds and lives of real people to the art of fabricating and enlivening characters who may or may not bear remarkable resemblances to people living or dead.
So that was the path I had in mind when I made my first serious attempts at fiction writing, about the same time that I was admitted to the University of South Floridas graduate program in English, in th e fall of I had successfully worked in the field of journalism, as a staff writer and a full-time freelancer, and over a period of two decades I had written hundreds, if not thousands of news stories, feature stories and reviews for dozens of daily and weekly ne wspapers, magazines and Web publications around the country.
As a journalis t, I knew how to give readers and, more importantly, editors what they wanted, or what they thought they wanted, and at the same time satisfy my own sense of storytelling.
And I hoped that I could accomplish the same thing with literary fiction. Dick; and, variously, Dickens and Twain.
I reveled in the comic strains of British social satirist Kingsley Amis, and such forebears as Evelyn Waugh and Graham Greene; and the more darkly tinted work of Amiss son, so-called Britpack writer Martin Amis.
The short stories and novels of Russell Banks, who brought a sculptors knife to his beautif ully crafted work centered on bleak themes and characters who often struggle with family dysfunction a nd addiction, perhaps have had more of an influence on my writing in recent year s than the work of any other author.
All of these directors to some degree have explored the nature of identity in an America whose sense of itself, of its place in the world, had lost its moorings duri ng the political and social upheaval of the s, and had yet to be healed of its malaise.
That sense of contemporary angst, a kind of non-religious spiritual suffering accompanied by an endless quest for answers, also attracted me to the tales of the drifters, losers and seekers in the music of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash and Lucinda Williams.
Even artists from across the pond tapped into that feeling; it is present in the music of the latter-day Beatles, in the John Lennon and George Harrison solo projects, and in the work of modern rock ers U2, who literalized that sense of lifelong spiritual questing in songs like I Still Havent Found Wh at Im Searching For and Sunday Bloody Sunday with the lyrics, H ow long must we sing this song?
Those artists secular sear ching, and moments of revela tion, paralleled religious experiences that I had undergone in the S outh. As a child and young adult, I attended a variety of Protestant churches, cycling thr ough several mainstream denominations, and as a teenager I had a born again experience at a summer church camp.
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All the famous authors you've ever read — particularly ones who have written about sexuality — I don't care if it's Erica Jong, Philip Roth, Norman Mailer, Doris Lessing, John Updike they're all writing "fiction" about people that they have observed and experienced.
Of course they're twisting the facts to their literary whim.