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There are stories that are two stars, and stories that are 4 or 5 so I rounded to a three. As a collection, it's very inconsistent, but that's not Willeford's fault, especially since it was curated in 2003, 15 years after his death. There are a couple of stories that seem as if they were never meant to see the light of day, but since I am becoming Tracie Masek: Charles Willeford Enthusiast Extraordinaire, I still loved reading the little incomplete sketches. The longest story in this collection
dunno what # willeford this will be for me...will look-see on my page and add that info later...later...what that page say? this is the 19th? 20th? confirmation, later. later...this is the 18th willeford for me.paperback, wit's end publishing, new albany, indiana...240 pagesthere's this on the copyright page: to lose willeford we can ill affordThere is a quote on a white page:my work is one long triumph over my limitations--charles willefordthere is a contents page:contentsthe old man at the bri...
This a bunch of short stories, essays and character sketches that Willeford's widow published after he died. A lot of this stuff probably wasn't meant to see the light of day, but that's not to say there aren't a few gems. A couple good crime vignettes, a few pages from an aborted novel that sort of/kind of predicted reality TV—or at least the movie, The Running Man—and two tongue-in-cheek essays about Franz Kafka, one of which is a literal interpretation of The Metamorphosis and its implication...
They say that even bad pizza is good pizza, well the same can be said for Willeford and his short pieces. Some of the offerings here are slim and have no real toothsome to them, nevertheless they are written by Willeford and all of them have a kernel of brilliance to them.