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Re: “The Reluctant Cyclist

Terrific series--more please!


The next step for us would be Gold--and perhaps, someday the coveted Platinum level--like Stanford University and almost all of Holland. The Dutch have a country the size of New Jersey with 10,000 miles of dedicated bike trails. They get health care, bike infrastructure and social benefits for their tax guilders; we get aircraft carriers. And balloon people (virtually unknown in Holland)

Anyway, ride on Jennifer!

Your fan, Gordon Inkeles

Posted by Gordon Inkeles1 on 09/25/2015 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Et Tu, Grovie?

This is a terrific commentary, Hank. Bravo!

Posted by Gordon Inkeles on 04/15/2010 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Eye Blackened

John Wood: You've attempted to slime Kevin Hoover and invited the editor of The Arcata Eye to "please leave" Arcata. It was polite of you to say "please." Al Capone wouldn't have bothered. DId you learn your manners from the "kind, caring individuals" who have been persecuted for growing pot?

Posted by Gordon Inkeles on 11/19/2009 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Carver Uncut

Hank: Rule #1--When attempting to destroy the reputation of one of America's literary lions, sign your name to the death sentence.

Otherwise, yes, it could be you who is faking it, not the dead--and conveniently defenseless-- writer. Who the hell knows who wrote this thing. We do know that Tess Gallagher has been hurting for cash and that Lish made enemies everywhere he went.

I don't know what The New Yorker pays for a feature these days, but without the dirt, I doubt anyone would have published this thing.

You're right; it doesn't sound much like the Carver we love. Proving? Perhaps, that Carver made the right choice when he ditched Lish.

Posted by Gordon Inkeles on 12/22/2007 at 7:07 AM

Re: “Carver Uncut

Well, the plot thickens. My wife knows I am a Carver fan so she brought home the current New Yorker. Last night I read the Carver article and the so-called "original draft."

A good editor can certainly help a writer, however, the writer-editor relationship has got to be one of the most toxic business arrangements out there. In fact, it come close to landlord/tenant on the toxicity scale. Like so many writers, Carver assumed his editor was his friend. He wasn't. He was a representative of a powerful corporation whose only aim was to make a buck. Lish was management, Carver was way down the labor scale. This is quite clear in their correspondence where Carver is constantly kissing up to Lish as a soul buddy and muse, only to get impersonal business letters in reply.

The writer's life is infected with parasites. Now that Carver is dead we get an major New Yorker article blithely calling into question his authorship. And it's unsigned.

Nevertheless, we're asked to believe in the authenticity of a new draft of one of Carver's masterpieces--which also makes Carver look bad.

Carver finally dropped Lish over an editorial dispute--and then went on to write more great stories and poems.

I rest my case.

Posted by Gordon Inkeles on 12/22/2007 at 5:54 AM

Re: “Carver Uncut

Here's one of the earlier--and kinder--takes on Lish's attempt to take credit for his author's work. Richard Ford was less kind in the New Yorker (I think!) a few years ago.


Note too the comments on Lish's many enemies...

Posted by Gordon Inkeles on 12/21/2007 at 5:52 AM

Re: “Carver Uncut

Yes, he walked the walk.

Nevertheless, Lish expects us to believe that Carver's stunning writing amounted to little more than a few stylistic tricks cooked up by Lish in his New York office.

Posted by Gordon Inkeles on 12/18/2007 at 11:17 AM

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