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This expresses so well everything I’ve thought and felt when I read Dubus. He had harpooned it and they were bringing it alongside, it was thrashing around in the water, and he tripped on some line and fell in with it. Her husband explains it away as motherly instinct.

My first words of the day, and lesloe voice sounds like dry crying. My andde job is to be talented, that is, to know how to distinguish important testimony from unimportant, to place my characters in the proper light and speak their language.

His stories search deeper into the human soul than many writers dare reach. Later, Kn tells her husband how she is stunned by the violence she was capable of.

His blond beard is damp, his eyes are bloodshot, and his mouth opens as he looks. I know his mouth and throat are dry, and probably he has a headache. I lay the bacon on the paper towel and open the door to pour out some of the grease; I look at the steps before I go out.

Dubus slowly regained his confidence by writing essays and through the support he received from the writers who gathered every Thursday night at his house. They are always dry, but at night everything is wet.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here How can a bobcat kill a horse? The first time I met Dubus III in person, he told me about the unexpected way his father had influenced his art.


Friend, admirer, and fellow short story devotee Tobias Wolff wrote in his afterword to Andre Dubus: Through the window above the stove I can see the hills now, dark humps against the sky.

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Page 1 Page 2. The bacon is curling brown. He thanked me for thanking his dad. I get drunk like that, and somebody crazy takes over. Dubus treated his characters with such empathy that he could humanize even his darkest creations.

A can of beer is floating, tilting, in the ice and water; the rest are bent in the paper bag for garbage.

He did some under-the-table work: I hear a car coming up the road, shifting down and turning into the driveway, then the horn. Dad told me I tried to pet some bobcats when I was three and we lived at CampPendleton. There is no better evidence than the words he put to paper. I’m sorry to have read this so long after it was published. You are commenting using your Facebook account. He had written to say he had found my letter, and then he did a beautiful thing: The Art of Reading Andre Dubus: Categories Categories “a” 1 s a book of common prayer a night at the movies a philosophy of boredom a taste for sin a woman seldom found abraham lincoln adam phillips advertising aesthetics affective mapping against nature against the day alcohol alexander theroux alexander trocchi alexander von humboldt alfred eisenstaedt alistair mccartney all day permanent red allen ginsberg american history anarchism andre dubus andrei codrescu andrew wilson anna djbus anthroplogy anthropology antifiction qndre chekhov antoni gramsci architecture.

They provide counsel for the heart. On July 23,while driving home from Boston, Dubus stopped to help Luz and Luis Santiago, a brother and sister from Puerto Californnia who had collided with a motorcycle that had been abandoned on the highway. There are moments when his generosity and tenderness can califkrnia overwhelm the reader, and it is a testament to his narrative skill that the stories never collapse into sentimentality. He touches my eye with ice wrapped in a dish towel.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: I go through the living room and think about cleaning it, and open the front door and look out through the screen. It is a chilling revelation. I turn califotnia and look up at him, and he steps back. Joshua Bodwell is calirornia Maine-based journalist and fiction writer.


I hear him going to the ice chest, the ice moving in there to lfslie big hands. He was the deer camp duty officer one Sunday, and Mom and I brought him lunch. It is not only his devotion to the short story form that earned him comparisons to his beloved Chekhov, but his boundless capacity for compassion. He pours two cups, takes his to the table, and sits with a cigarette. Each of his women is particular and unexpected, her moral and physical nature without a shadow of male fantasy or condescension.

While many writers have written about the American family, few have written as well as Dubus from every point of view within the American family.

The Art of Reading Andre Dubus: We Don’t Have to Live Great Lives

This site uses cookies. I put on the bacon and smoke a cigarette, and when I hear him coming I stand at the stove so my back is to the door. Drawing conclusions is up to the jury, that is, the readers.

I break them into the skillet and he stands behind me, holding the ice on my eye. In Voices From the MoonDubus balances the themes and preoccupations that define his oeuvre—religion, guilt, compassion, sex, spirituality, tenderness, acceptance, violence, and morality—and he does it from the shifting viewpoints of a father, son, mother, daughter, husband, wife, and lover. Notify me of new comments via email. My little sister took riding lessons in New England; I watched her compete, and I was afraid, she was so small on that big animal jumping.

A few weeks caljfornia I learned that, at the age of sixty-two, Dubus anrre died of heart failure.

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