Terry Pratchett quote

"Take boots, for example. [Vimes] earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and thn leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars..."-from Terry Pratchett's Men at Arms, will post the rest later.
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a review by chuck palahniuk

She Breaks Your Heart
Chuck Palahniuk on Amy Hempel

WHEN YOU STUDY MINIMALISM IN THE NOVELIST Tom Spanbauer's workshop, the first story you read is Amy Hempel's The Harvest. After that, you're ruined. I'm not kidding. You go there, and almost every other book you ever read will suck. All those thick, third-person, plot-driven books torn from the pages of today's news -- after Amy Hempel, you'll save yourself a lot of time and money.

Or not. Every year on my tax return's itemized C schedule, I deduct more money for new copies of Hempel's three books, Reasons To Live, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom and Tumble Home. Every year, I want to share these books. What happens is they never come back. Good books never do. This is why my office shelves are crowded with nonfiction too gross for most people, mostly forensic autopsy textbooks, and a ton of novels I hate. Collapse )


Hello! I made this community in honor of one of my (and hopefully your) favorite authors.

If you don't know of Hempel's work, listen to her read her short stories here:

I like this interview from Powells.com:

Forty-Eight Ways of Looking at Amy Hempel
Dave Weich, Powells.com

Dave: If you don't mind, I want to start by reading a passage from one of your stories. Just listen through to the end and then tell me what it brings to mind.

Amy Hempel: Okay.

"Tell me things I won't mind forgetting," she said. "Make it useless stuff or skip it."

I began. I told her insects fly through rain, missing every drop, never getting wet. I told her no one in America owned a tape recorder before Bing Crosby did. I told her the shape of the moon is a banana—you see it looking full, you're seeing it end-on.
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