Tuesday, May 8, 2012

MFA Greensboro Alum Steve Almond Reviews 'Suddenly, a Knock on the Door," by Etgar Keret

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'Suddenly, a Knock on the Door,' by Etgar Keret
     by Steve Almond
Etgar KeretAmericans have developed a peculiar reverence for the concept of “reality.” We use the term to legitimize all manner of sleazy entertainment, and to judge our political leaders, whose capacity for being “real” is apparently measured by their willingness to drink beer with us. Of course, this bias has long informed our literary tradition, in which realism signifies authenticity and adulthood, the normative and hallowed province of James, Hemingway and Carver. Depart from it at your peril, ink-stained wretches, for a conveniently labeled ghetto awaits you — experimental, fabulist, surreal — all terms that signify, in the popular imagination anyway, artifice, obscurity and a kind of childish indulgence.

Read the full review here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/15/books/review/suddenly-a-knock-on-the-door-by-etgar-keret.html?_r=1

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