Posts by: John Francisconi

Tao Lin, Richard Yates, & Me

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I didn’t enjoy reading Richard Yates all that much, but I like that Lin’s writing has sparked conversations about storytelling, questions about generational gaps between modern readers (this book is sort of the antithesis of the Victorian novel in that young people are more likely to “get it” than older, less-connected, for lack of a better word, readers), and the cult of personality.

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Surf Guru Notes, #2

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Rumpus Book Club Member John Francisconi with thoughts on July’s Book Club pick, The Surf Guru by Doug Dorst.

Continuing on in my reading, I’m finding more and more enjoyment in The Surf Guru. This week I’ll give my thoughts on the five stories that follow “La Fiesta de San Humberto el Manor,” (“Vikings” – “Splitters”) one of which I highlight as the collection’s finest piece.

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Surf Guru Notes, #1

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Independence Night

I started reading Doug Dorst’s story collection Sunday, July 4th, as fireworks, invisible from my bedroom’s window, broke the night’s silence. Sweating through a s’more-stained tee shirt, I read The Surf Guru‘s first three stories.

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