Mar 30, 2006, 9:12 AM
Post #61 of 235
Did not see "L Word." Sounds interesting, though.
Quick update on some texts already mentioned. Read "Raw Material." Actually, I think I read it when it was first published. Very disturbing ending. Also found "The Amish Farmer" (which first appeared in Esquire in 1980) in a nice anthology, American Short Story Masterpieces (edited by Raymond Carver and Tom Jenks).
If all the stories focused on MFA workshops that could, indeed, be unappealing. But so many of these stories take place in different settings--classes at different levels, adult ed/community-type workshops (early in "Raw Material" we get a list of the students, their names, and their occupations). My own story was set at a summer conference. I know--minor variations, right? But variations nonetheless.
And if anyone was intrigued by "Electric Wizard," I should note that it's not really a "workshop story" in the way that most of these others seem to be. There are references to the summer workshop-for-young-people that the protagonist teaches, but the focus is really on how the protagonist manages some consequences of the suicide of one of her students. I don't think I've given too much away there. I hope not!
Quiet Americans: Stories