books, sadness, and minor maladies
Graphic Novels:Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns.(better writing than most novels)And the Dark Knight Strikes again.And anything by Robert Crumb and American Splendor.Themed Short Story Books:You might have read these but here you go:These are the ones you need to be a great writer period.Jesus's Son by Denis JohnsonDubliners by James JoyceNine Stories by JD Salinger.Franny & Zooey by JD SalingerRaise High the Roof Beam Carpenters/Seymour an Introduction by JD Salinger.In our Time by Ernest HemighwayAnything by George Saunders.Gimple the Fool by Issac SingerThe Rest of the Robots by Isaac AsimovAnything by Anton Chekov.Will you Please Be Quiet? by Raymond Carver.Cathedral by Raymond Carver.Cold Snap by Thom Jones.The Pugalist at Rest by Thom Jones,(these last three might not count as themed short story books)Unless you count poverty as a theme in any of Raymond Carver's books, which really is but not in the traditional sense of using a theme....
Thanks Rhonda,I've been meaning to read some Chekov and Carver. I'll defintely add them to the listFrank Miller is up there too, but it may be a bit harder to get them from the library.
Whenever you get Chekov, try to look for a story called "The Dance Pianist". It's one of my favorite stories. It is very hard to find, I've only seen it in one collection so far.
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