Re: RARA-AVIS: Charlie Huston's Caught Stealing

From: Ed Lynskey (
Date: 30 Dec 2006

--- Michael Robison <> wrote:

> Kent Morgan wrote:
> Am I the only person who can be turned off this
> quickly by mistakes of this type?
> ***************
> Generally they don't bother me, but reading Goodis's
> Cassidy's Girl, he talks about Cassidy going into the
> bus station in the morning and checking the tires,
> adjusting the carburetor, doing a tune-up, and then
> noticing the springs are worn so he finds a set in the
> backroom and changes them, then does the day's run. I
> had to laugh. It's obvious that Goodis didn't have a
> clue what changing a set of springs on a bus would
> require.
> Jack Bludis has noted that when this breach of reality
> drags you out of the story again and again, it
> threatens to call the writer's skills into question.
> I buy that.
Right, right. I read a short story not long ago where the nose was "centered" on a person's face. That one gave me pause for a moment. Is a nose really in the dead center of a face?


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