April 6, 2013

The Last Carousel
Nelson Algren
The Man with the Golden Pen – My friend Oz picked up a paperback copy of “The Last Carousel” at Bookworks in Wrigleyville and gave it to me. Oz is a living and breathing Algren character so I’ve had the triple pleasure of relishing a gift from a dear friend, revisiting the still-edgy stories of a great Chicago writer, and contemplating just how Algren captured the truth of real life. Bookies, boxers, Hollywood producers, heroin addicts and everyday heroes – they’re all here along with some sage advice about writing: In one essay, Algren quotes a letter recently received from a college co-ed who is “on the threshold of a literary career” and seeks advice on her next move. “’Your next move, honey,’ I had to caution her,” Algren writes, “’is to take two careful steps backward, turn and run like hell. That isn’t a threshold. It’s a precipice.’”


Blogger Jeffrey Osman said...

Mikey, you quoted my absolute favorite Algren line from The Last Carousel. I even entered it into a journal I kept way back in 1980. Keep up the great work, will you?

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