James Salter, 1925-2015

“Forgive him anything, he writes like an angel.” Remember that the life of this world is but a sport and a pastime.  NYTimes obituary. From a 2011 post: I’ve been a fan of the writer James Salter (see also here) since discovering his masterpiece A Sport and a Pastime. Salter evokes Americans in France as …

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Short stories

Yesterday I listened to this interview with the fiction editor of the New Yorker: Deborah Treisman, fiction editor at The New Yorker, discusses the magazine’s 90th anniversary and the canon of fiction it published. She didn’t mention Irwin Shaw‘s 1939 classic The Girls in Their Summer Dresses. According to James Salter, Shaw wrote it in …

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