Karen Hueler's Reading Recommendation:
Raymond Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Gordon Lish was once a power in the publishing scene in New York, and edited Carver's highly influential collection, "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love," which was a pivotal event in the 1980s. Were the stories his or Lish's or some strange hybrid? The author (whose first collection was also edited by Lish) talks about the strange mingling of these stories, and how the stories affected him, and how his life affected his reading of the stories. A thoughtful, almost questing, definitely unique examination of the impact of art.
Karen Heuler’s stories have appeared in over 100 literary and speculative magazines and anthologies, from Conjunctions to Weird Tales, as well as a number of Best Of anthologies. She has published four novels, four collections, and a novella, and has won an O. Henry award, and been a finalist for many others. Read her nonfiction essay "My Own Special Allergy" in the new Autumn issue of The Fiddlehead!