Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Lorrie Moore's "Paper Losses" read by Gary Shyteyngart

Slowly at this blog, I am working toward writing more about books, fiction, poetry, and writing in general. In other words, I am attempting to focus Whose Shoes Are These Anyway on a particular pair of shoes, that of creative writer and devoted reader. For reasons only a psychoanalyst would understand, I have avoided doing this in the past.

Lorrie Moore
A feature at the New Yorker today pushed me closer to this focus. I listened to its podcast of novelist Gary Shyteyngart reading Lorrie Moore's short story "Paper Losses," a tale right up my emotional alley. It's about a couple heading toward a bitter divorce. However, that's not what drew me to the story. I listened and read along because I like Lorrie Moore. If you haven't read her work, you should. The first story I read by her was "You're Ugly, Too." She's funny and insightful. Her stories come alive through her exceptional observation and interpretation of human behaviors. (Get a .pdf of "You're Ugly, Too" here.)

A treat for writers: At the end of the podcast, Shyteyngar discusses Moore's work and his own with fiction editor Deborah Treisman. Treisman recollects that Moore writes the beginning of a story, then the end, and then goes to the middle and connects the beginning and the end. Hmm. Shyteyngar, who does not write short stories, says he's never tried that. He writes linearly.

1 comment:

Good and plenty said...

Thanks for this. I hadn't heard of Lorrie but I did read Gary's book, Super Sad True Love Story and enjoyed it.
Face those fiction and writing avoidance demons.
All the best.