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Author Archives: RasoirJ

Remembering Johnny Cash

posterized photo of the great Johnny Cash in his prime.

I’d love to be in Austin, Texas, Friday night this week. There’s a big 80th birthday bash concert for Johnny Cash labeled “We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash.” Older “outlaw country” stars like Kris … Read more »

Donald Antrim and the Case of the Vanishing Epiphany

Photo of author Donald Antrim.

Faithful readers of 317am know I’ve been on an epiphany kick lately. What got me started was reading a story in the New Yorker a month or so back (“Ever Since” by Donald Antrim), a story in which that essential … Read more »

“The Dead”: James Joyce on a Roll

photo of James Joyce.

When a meme morphs across intellectual boundaries, the results can be unpredictable and extraordinarily powerful. In my previous post, “How James Joyce Reinvented the Epiphany and Saved the Short Story,” I told how the great Irish modernist borrowed a concept … Read more »

How James Joyce Reinvented the Epiphany and Saved the Short Story

Photo of James Joyce.

I’ve been working up a new course this spring in the contemporary short story. To get a sense of what makes for a good short story, I’ve gone back to ground zero – that is, I’ve been reading various acknowledged … Read more »

Loose Ends: More Mockingbird, Olaf Olaffson, Margaret Wise Brown, Marcia Sartwell

Photo of Mockingbird author Harper Lee.

Fairly frequently I notice that a topic Kaze or I have blogged about turns up a few weeks down the road featured in another media outlet. Now, I’m under no illusion that the editors of the world are mining 317am … Read more »

How To Blog About Books You Haven’t Read

Photo of Pierre Bayard.

Regulars at 317am may have noticed that I’ve been pushing the envelope lately – blogging about movies I haven’t seen one day and about romance novels I haven’t read another. Ordinarily, I’d would feel uneasy about this sort of chutzpah, … Read more »