What starts as a perfectly civil discussion of the role of storytelling in contemporary fiction devolves into an aesthetic dispute between Jon and Ben. Brian, emulating his favorite pro wrestling referee Earl Hebner, stays out of it and just tries not to get hit. Luckily, the balance of concept, metaphor, and heart in Aimee Bender’s story “The Rememberer” is something the WITTScasters can all agree on.
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- Aimee Bender’s story “The Rememberer”.
- Jon came home from the recent James River Writers’ Writing Show with a lot to think about, thanks especially to panelist Nancy Zafris, series editor of the Flannery O’Connor Award.
- Among the writers who channel the voice of the verbal storyteller are George Singleton, John Updike, and Raymond Carver.
- Looking for a good bar to tell a story at? The WITTScasters have spun many a tale at Spurlock’s in Lafayette, IN.
- Hey, Whipple, Squeeze This!
- Ben doesn’t lament the absence of story in the work of Gary Lutz, who we discussed just last week.
- Jon pointed out that we could all learn something — the unity of time — from Aristotle.
- Brian pointed out that we could also learn something — that every scene must be justified — from The Dark Knight.
- It was when the name of Papa Hemingway was invoked that the conversation went to hell.
- If you want some real insight on Hemingway, ignore Ben and Jon and see what their Purdue professor Bob Lamb has to say here and here.
- To understand the emotional limits of storytelling at the pier with the guys, check out Barry Hannah’s “Water Liars”, from the collection Airships.
- Aimee Bender is a WITTScast favorite. Jon was moved by her novel The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, and Brian loves her collection The Girl in the Flammable Skirt.
- In fact, Brian is still a little flushed from when he interviewed Aimee Bender for issue 33.3 of the Missouri Review (Fall 2010).