I've been away, and I haven't quite figured out where we are.
mentioning Sampson. Who else are we responding to this week?
I too liked the Sampson story, the overall flow and some of
The scene in the appliance store was first rate--a convincing craziness, a
momentum into violence that typifies this character. Was reminded of
"Natural Born Killers," on the one hand, and, with ugly-dumb girl doomed to
be killed or abandoned, of something out of the world of Flannery O'Connor.
Although a number of the sentences seemed "flat," the only event that
struck me as forced was the last line--suddenly this animal has a"pleasant
baritone"? But that's a minor thing in a story that sticks in the mind, as
Doug said. You worry about people "like that" or "pushed to that" who are
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