Thursday, March 12, 2009
Hello Again, My Brother
John Cheever is easily one of my favorite writers of the modern short story, and easily one of the most enigmatic and mysterious figures in literature during his time. I've read editorials and interviews with Cheever quite a few times, but Commuter Literate, an essay by Matthew Price in next month's Bookforum, is by far the most reflective look at the private John Cheever that I've read. It's worth the read if you know his writings.
Also, if you ever get a chance to read his short stories, be sure to check out "The Enormous Radio," "Goodbye. My Brother," and "The Swimmer." This month the Library of America is publishing a new edition of much of his shorter fiction and other writings. Here is an extensive interview with one of the editors, Blake Bailey.