Raymond Carver

23 Jun


I love the self-contain-ness of Carver.  How everything envelops & re-envolops what came before it as it builds from line to line to paragraph, like little boomerangs.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

My friend Mel McGinnis was talking.  Mel McGinnis is a cardiologist, and sometimes that gives him the right.

The four of us were sitting around his kitchen table drinking gin.  Sunlight filled the kitchen from the big window behind the sink.  There were Mel and me and his second wife, Teresa—Terri, we called her—and my wife, Laura.  We lived in Albuquerque then.  But we were all from somewhere else.

There was an ice bucket on the table.  The gin and the tonic water kept going around, and we somehow got on the subject of love.

(I always read Carver on my birthday)


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