Re: RARA-AVIS: Vinegar pie

From: Maura McMillan (
Date: 10 Jan 2001

one of the things i appreciate about charles willeford is that he seems to always be having a good time as a writer. things are fun, even to the pscychopathic. every one at least gets a bang out of SOMETHING, even if it's just a decent cup of coffee. he's so enthusiastic about the unthought-of human details -- vinegar pie, for example, and tennis hats and what they imply, and how the colonel in Jake's Journal feels about his dog.

his characters experience life on this level, as do we. through these sensual and tactile kinds of detail, he makes an ordinarily unlikeable character into one you are willing to forgive, and empathize with as well.

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