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Behold, the Wells Tower!

Wells Tower, he of the acclaimed collection Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, has a new short story in the latest New Yorker, called The Landlord.  I am simply recommending that you read it.  Tower was recently named one of the 20 Under 40 by that same magazine – a list of 20 great American writers under the age of 40.  (Also on the list, Rivka Galchen, whose compact & punchy little story “The Entire North Side Was Covered With Fire” lead me to her novel, Atmospheric Disturbances, which I am now reading.  Yes, Rivka is a girl.)  But more importantly, Wells Tower makes me laugh:

I see blue eyes of startling clarity and nearly unlined skin that doesn’t show a single dilated pore. Somehow, Todd has found the secret of eternal youth. The formula is fourteen gallons of Pepsi-Cola a week, heavy use of Black & Mild cigarillos, and hatred of all living creatures.

But he can also awe you with his skills:

The beauty of the land out here is nearly absurd. Full-fed, ale-colored cattle watch us from fields of grass so vivid in the late light that each blade looks hand-tinted. Fall-blooming sneezeweeds dot the ditches, woozy with the weight of their broad red heads.

Wells Tower: read him, know him, love him. 

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3 comments on “Behold, the Wells Tower!

  1. Amy
    September 16, 2010

    OK, OK, I will go read the short story. Also, very happy to see you reading a book by a girl! (I hope you don't get cooties 😉 heh)

  2. aaryn b.
    September 19, 2010

    Two women at once?!?
    You are bold…

  3. Seth Marko
    September 20, 2010

    Uh… I finished the Susan Casey, but I had to call it quits on the Galchen. Just couldn't get into it. Nothing to do with gender, I swear!

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