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Raymond Carver Raymond Carver Presentation Transcript

  • I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book’s autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books. I like to get information from doing stuff like actually talking to people and living real life. —Kanye West, promoting his book “Thank You and You’re Welcome.”
    RUNDOWN
    Minimalism
    Gordon Lish
    Isaac Babel
    Characters
    “Cathedral”
  • Raymond Carver
    RUNDOWN
    Minimalism
    Gordon Lish
    Isaac Babel
    Characters
    “Cathedral”
  • “Post-Alcoholic Blue-Collar Minimalist Hyperrealism”
    —John Barth
    “You’re leaving room for the readers, at least for the ones who like to use their imaginations.” —Frederick Barthelme
    RUNDOWN
    Minimalism
    Gordon Lish
    Isaac Babel
    Characters
    “Cathedral”
  • RUNDOWN
    Minimalism
    Gordon Lish
    Isaac Babel
    Characters
    “Cathedral”
  • “One More Thing” – Carver’s version
    L.D. put the shaving bag under his arm again and once more picked up the suitcase. “I just want to say one more thing, Maxine. Listen to me. Remember this,” he said. “I love you. I love you no matter what happens. I love you too, Bea. I love you both.” He stood there at the door and felt his lips begin to tingle as he looked at them for what, he believed, might be the last time. “Good-bye,” he said.
    “You call this love, L.D.?” Maxine said. She let go of Bea’s hand. She made a fist. Then she shook her head and jammed her hands into her coat pockets. She stared at him and then dropped her eyes to something on the floor near his shoes.
    It came to him with a shock that he would remember this night and her like this. He was terrified to think that in the years ahead she might come to resemble a woman he couldn’t place, a mute figure in a long coat, standing in the middle of a lighted room with lowered eyes.
    “Maxine!” he cried. “Maxine!”
    “Is this what love is, L.D.?” she said, fixing her eyes on him. Her eyes were terrible and deep, and he held them as long as he could.
  • “One More Thing” – Lish’s version
    L.D. put the shaving bag under his arm and picked up the suitcase.
    He said, “I just want to say one more thing.”
    But then he could not think what it could possibly be.
  • “No iron can pierce the heart with such force as a period put in just the right place.”
    RUNDOWN
    Minimalism
    Gordon Lish
    Isaac Babel
    Characters
    “Cathedral”
    • Working class
    • Socially immobile
    • Routinized lives
    RUNDOWN
    • Incapable of sensing or understanding the “lives they see breaking down”
    Minimalism
    Gordon Lish
    Isaac Babel
    Characters
    “Cathedral”
    • Inarticulate in the face of that break down or terror
  • RUNDOWN
    Small group discussions…
    Minimalism
    Gordon Lish
    Isaac Babel
    Characters
    “Cathedral”