How can one resist a title like _New Hope for the Dead_? By
the way, I recently reread _Cockfighter_, and what a great
book it is, so full of experience but filtered through the
strange genius of this writer. As with his autobiographical
books, this one sounds real and unreal at the same time. This
effect has something to do with his sentence structure and
rhythm, I'm convinced.
We could talk about Willeford until the end of time and still
we couldn't exactly put our finger on what it is that makes
him so fascinating. As bad copy writers like to say, he was a
"most unique" fellow. His books keep getting better and
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