Monday, November 21, 2005
The Paris Review Book of People with Problems
On my cross country flight on Friday, I finished The Paris Review Book of People with Problems. In some ways, I liked it more than I thought I would, and in some ways I liked it less. Man, some of the people in this book really have problems!
It's an anthology, and the main characters of each story each has a problem. Or several. Or they're frickin' nuts!
My favorite story was called Birthmark, and it was only 5 pages long. It was extremely well written - much more complete of a story than some of the longer ones. It's about a woman who has a large port wine stain birthmark on her face lasered off, and how her life changes, and doesn't, because of the removal.
I don't think any of the stories didn't deserve to be there. All of them were well written, many were surprising, and I think I learned something - about writing, or people, or myself. I suggest reading this - besides, short fiction anthologies are always fun and distracting.
You all can borrow it. :)