The "Winter Fiction" issue of the New Yorker arrived this week, and it includes some truly amazing items relating to Raymond Carver and his relationship with his editor, Gordon Lish. But the most extraordinary document has to be the online-only text demonstrating Lish's edits of the story most of us know (and revere) as "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love." Carver, it seems, had a different vision for that story.
Yesterday Nextbook featured two poems by Gerald Stern.
One book I'm really looking forward to reading in the New Year is J.M. Coetzee's Diary of a Bad Year. In the meantime, Rachel Donadio's essay in last Sunday's New York Times Book Review will suffice.