Monday, May 16, 2016

Reader's Diary #1313- Amy Hempel: In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried


I was quite enjoying the pacing of Amy Hempel's "In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried," the way the narrator doled out trivial facts (many clearly untrue), followed by brief glimpses of what was really going on, the bleaker tale of death.

And at the end, I fought the bleaker interpretation (i.e., that life is just a trivial distraction from death) trying to convince myself that the trivial is fun and who cares about the accuracy anyway?

It's a tale of cancer and earthquakes, lying chimps, banana shaped moons, and Tammy Wynette.

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