Thursday, March 06, 2008

Why I love Lorrie Moore

Well, one of many reasons ...

In addition to being one of America's greatest short story writers (though she hasn't had a book out since 1998's BIRDS OF AMERICA), she is also an unparalleled master of the opening line.

Witness this, from her 1986 novel ANAGRAMS:

Gerard Maines lived across the hall from a woman named Benna, who four minutes into any conversation always managed to say the word "penis." He was not a prude, but, nonetheless, it made him wince.


pattinase (abbott) said...

She is incomparable. Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? The title alone is compelling. Birds in America. Every sentence she writes is pristine, interesting, lucid.
In short stories, I also like Joy Williams.

lover of jazz said...

"birds of america" is probably my favorite book of hers and maybe my favorite book period. there is quite simply no one else like her.