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Aug 29, 2005

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Gwenda

Welcome, Kate -- thanks for doing this.

I have a question. How does technology usually affect your writing? Do you use a computer or do you write longhand? Do you follow newspapers or other sites on the web?

TEV

No, not "unknown" per se - but "struggling to be noticed" is part of our "credo" ... Our readers appear to have been divided on just how much C.H. was struggling. (And we should note that most of the criticism was not of the book itself - which even dissenters seemed to generally like - but from our having chosen it.)

Sam

Here's KA's piece on Richard Yates from the Guardian (2002):

http://books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/generalfiction/0,,642941,00.html

"Yates is ruthlessly unsentimental in his investigations of the false self. His characters are unsure how to live, and continually anxious about the impression they are making on others. Just as Frank Wheeler in Revolutionary Road complains that 'all the people who knew how to live had kept their tantalising secrets to themselves', so the characters in these stories fret about the images they convey. In 'A Compassionate Leave' Paul Colby wonders 'how he must look to casual observers; that, for as long as he could remember, had been one of his most secret, most besetting, least admirable habits of mind'.

Veracity is everything for Yates; even when, at last, all that remains is 'stunted thought and shrivelled hope', it must be viewed with an unrelenting, truthful eye. In the hands of a lesser writer, this would be morbidly depressing, but there is something curiously and quite contrarily uplifting about Yates's pursuit of honesty. Read and weep."

genevieve

Kate, I wish you well in your dissident quest for personal readings. Doesn't augur well for the rest of us though!

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Thank you for introducing me the wonderful information.And .....Totally boring.!

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