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Friday, November 16, 2007

Winning Face--Not Yours II

BTW, here is the first page of Jacob Appel's award-winning fiction for your consideration. What do you think? Is it better than your losing, rejected story? I think it's better than mine, if you like truck-driver fiction. Then again, who am I to judge? What do you guys think?


Anonymous said...

Seems he's got a good, Lish-like opening. Three sentences worth.

Then...cleverness. Rare bird taxonomy to dazzle the eye. I would read the rest of this story if available on line but, I wouldn't seek it out beyond that.

But the oiseaux are a nice hook.

Anonymous said...

Good Lord, his academic credentials are just as impressive as his writing awards. Dude is a PhD and a JD and a and a and a...

Brown did not do that much for my own "career."

More power to him.

Anonymous said...

He also won MO Review's 2007 short story contest with a very cute story.

Anonymous said...

I don't like it. It's got that fakey, I'm-a-just-a-working-class-fella kind of swagger.

Anonymous said...

This is fiction cut from a certain cloth, to mix my metaphors a bit. The MFA cloth, to be precise. And "icy as the day is hot"? That's just bad, right? Right?

Haven't we had enough of this kind of writing already? Haven't we? Who even reads this stuff?