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C and the surprisingAbove all the stories revel in and grapple with the joys and constraints of language achieving always the extraordinary unmatched precision which makes Lydia Davis one of the greatest contemporary writers on the international stage One of my favorites which I find disturbingly easy to relate to as a person who often engages in solitary futile lashing out at the heavens sessionsThe old vacuum cleaner keeps dying on herover and overuntil at last the cleaning womanscares it by yellingMotherfuckerThis book would normally be the type of thing I would love a bunch of wittle snippies with lots of thoughts conveyed in limited language but there just weren't many that stuck to my guts There were very few longer stories but those mostly dragged except the one about the servant sisters which was exceptional It was good enough though that I feel pretty sure there's a Davis collection out there just for me I am currently accepting suggestions

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Can't and Won't is the new collection from Lydia Davis one of the greatest short story writers aliveLydia Davis has been universally acclaimed for the wit insight and genre defying formal inventiveness of her sparkling storiesWith titles like 'A Story 3 stars My first LD– didn't really leave the best impression It's the kind of book that gets published on the strength of a writer's already solid reputationA mixed bag– lots of meh some pretty impressive stories esp those translatedexpanded upon from FlaubertHer prose is sharp shines in stories like The Dog Hair the Reversible Story but the voice that comes across in Eating Fish Alone The dreadful Mucamas is highly annoying almost analWhat passes here for Stories are basically writing exercises observations mood pieces prose haiku kind of thing Most of the stories seem to be coming from her own life for example Letter to a Frozen Peas Manufacturer forms part of a correspondence that Davis had with the company of Green Giant brand of frozen products hence those readers who care about the authorial voice will be very put off by the uptight at times whiny voice alternating with the supercilious look at me ain't I a genius kind of vibe hereA typical example of both writerly excellence readerly bafflement would be the story The Cows now in Mr Palomar Italo Calvino describes the underside of a gecko as seen from the room of the titular character's upper window in a couple of brisk paragraphs makes it seem like the amazing mystery of Creation Here Ms Davis is clearly delighting in the writerly process but it seems like a challenge set for creative writing students– Here you have to write on a couple of donkeys doing the things donkeys usually do now give it your best shot Something like thatHere's a sample view spoiler The CowsEach new day when they come out from the far side of the barn it is like the next act or the start of an entirely new playThey amble into view from the far side of the barn with their rhythmic graceful walk and it is an occasion like the start of a paradeSometimes the second and third come out in stately procession after the first has stopped and stands still staringThey come from behind the barn as though something is going to happen and then nothing happensOr we pull back the curtain in the morning and they are already there in the early sunlightThey are a deep inky black It is a black that swallows lightTheir bodies are entirely black but they have white on their faces On the faces of two of them there are large patches of white like a mask On the face of the third there is only a small patch on the forehead the size of a silver dollarThey are motionless until they move again one foot and then another—fore hind fore hind—and stop in another place motionless againSo often they are standing completely still Yet when I look up again a few minutes later they are in another place again standing completely stillWhen they all three stand bunched together in a far corner of the field by the woods they form one dark irregular mass with twelve legsThey are often crowded together in the large field But sometimes they lie down far apart from one another evenly spaced over the grassToday two appear halfway out from behind the barn standing still Ten minutes go by Now they are all the way out standing still Another ten minutes go by Now the third is out and they are all three in a line standing stillThe third comes out into the field from behind the barn when the other two have already chosen their spots uite far apart She can choose to join either one She goes deliberately to the one in the far corner Does she prefer the company of that cow or does she prefer that corner or is it complicated—that that corner seems appealing because of the presence of that cow?Their attention is complete as they look across the road They are still and face usJust because they are so still their attitude seems philosophicalI see them most often out the kitchen window over the top of a hedge My view of them is bounded on either side by leafy trees I am surprised that the cows are so often visible because the portion of the hedge over which I see them is only about three feet long and even puzzling if I hold my arm straight out in front of me the field of my vision in which they are grazing is only the length of half a finger Yet that field of vision contains a part of their grazing field that is hundreds of suare feet in areaThat one’s legs are moving but because she is facing us directly she seems to be staying in one place Yet she is getting bigger so she must be coming this wayOne of them is in the foreground and two are farther back in the middle ground between her and the woods In my field of vision they occupy together in the middle ground the same amount of space she occupies alone in the foregroundBecause there are three one of them can watch what the other two are doing togetherOr because there are three two can worry about the third for instance the one lying down They worry about her even though she often lies down even though they all often lie down Now the two worried ones stand at angles to the other with their noses down against her until at last she gets upThey are nearly the same size and yet one is the largest one the middle sized and one the smallestOne thinks there is a reason to walk briskly to the far corner of the field but another thinks there is no reason and stands still where she isAt first she stands still where she is while the first walks away briskly but then she changes her mind and follows hide spoiler Les techniques du golf : Tout pour améliorer votre jeu one Golf - Corrigez rapidement vos défauts of the greatest short story writers aliveLydia Davis has been universally acclaimed for the wit insight and genre defying formal inventiveness Golf Preparation physique of her sparkling storiesWith titles like 'A Story 3 stars My first LD– didn't really leave the best impression It's the kind Golf : Les 7 portes du swing of book that gets published Comprendre le golf : Histoire, analyse, pédagogie et exercices on the strength Rgles de golf lessentiel of a writer's already solid reputationA mixed bag– lots Le Golf pour les Nuls, nouvelle édition of meh some pretty impressive stories esp those translatedexpanded upon from FlaubertHer prose is sharp shines in stories like The Dog Hair the Reversible Story but the voice that comes across in Eating Fish Alone The dreadful Mucamas is highly annoying almost analWhat passes here for Stories are basically writing exercises Golf : Psychologie de l'apprentissage et applications pratiques observations mood pieces prose haiku kind Ce que j'apprends de Tiger Woods of thing Most Putting zen: La maîtrise de soi sur le green of the stories seem to be coming from her Rentrer la Balle de Golf (Un sport pour s'affirmer t. 2) own life for example Letter to a Frozen Peas Manufacturer forms part Golf: Le grand livre Hachette of a correspondence that Davis had with the company Golf : Techniques et secrets de pros of Green Giant brand 9 Techniques simples pour jouer mentalement comme un pro !: Et réduire rapidement son score d'au moins 4 coups ! of frozen products hence those readers who care about the authorial voice will be very put Tiger Woods off by the uptight at times whiny voice alternating with the supercilious look at me ain't I a genius kind Golf : Méthode pour la performance (coffret livre + DVD) of vibe hereA typical example Mes secrets de petit jeu of both writerly excellence readerly bafflement would be the story The Cows now in Mr Palomar Italo Calvino describes the underside Le golf of a gecko as seen from the room Les Jeux de Putting of the titular character's upper window in a couple Golf : Le drive of brisk paragraphs makes it seem like the amazing mystery Golf - 110 Exercices et Conseils de Pro - Swing, Approche, Bunker, Putting of Creation Here Ms Davis is clearly delighting in the writerly process but it seems like a challenge set for creative writing students– Here you have to write Le jeu avant le jeu on a couple Putter mind - la méthode pour scorer of donkeys doing the things donkeys usually do now give it your best shot Something like thatHere's a sample view spoiler The CowsEach new day when they come Secrets de golf (livre de golf, cours de golf, Golf Books, Golf matériel, Putting, Golf entrainement, Techniques pour scorer, mental, scorer) ) out from the far side Le Swing - Arrêts Sur Images of the barn it is like the next act Les Bases du Golf Senior or the start La seule façon de swinguer (Golfers'knowledge t. 4) of an entirely new playThey amble into view from the far side Golf - Le bon matériel ? Choisir objectivement le matériel le plus adapté à ses besoins of the barn with their rhythmic graceful walk and it is an GOLF EN ABSURDIE: Tout ce que vous auriez voulu ne jamais savoir sur le golf occasion like the start Le Swing Intemporel (TSP.TALENT SPOR) of a paradeSometimes the second and third come La Plus Grande Partie de tous les temps: La naissance du golf moderne out in stately procession after the first has stopped and stands still staringThey come from behind the barn as though something is going to happen and then nothing happensOr we pull back the curtain in the morning and they are already there in the early sunlightThey are a deep inky black It is a black that swallows lightTheir bodies are entirely black but they have white Positions difficiles et solutions efficaces: Conseils golfiques pour le tour on their faces On the faces EmoGolf: Les émotions dans le golf et la manière de les gérer of two Golf, mode d'emploi - Nouvelle édition of them there are large patches Jouer au golf intelligemment of white like a mask On the face Golf, petit jeu of the third there is Golf : Les secrets de l'entrainement only a small patch Etiquette de golf, l'essentiel: Guide pratique pour un bon comportement au golf on the forehead the size Savoir Perdre au Golf: pour savoir gagner of a silver dollarThey are motionless until they move again Petit Larousse du Golf one foot and then another—fore hind fore hind—and stop in another place motionless againSo Tiger Woods often they are standing completely still Yet when I look up again a few minutes later they are in another place again standing completely stillWhen they all three stand bunched together in a far corner MEURTRE AU DIX-HUITIEME TROU (Les enquêtes de l'inspecteur Sweeney t. 1) of the field by the woods they form Golf Putting one dark irregular mass with twelve legsThey are Golf : 10 Astuces de Pros pour un Mental Plus Fort often crowded together in the large field But sometimes they lie down far apart from L'art du Putting one another evenly spaced Manuel du golf over the grassToday two appear halfway LE SWING INTEMPOREL out from behind the barn standing still Ten minutes go by Now they are all the way La Passion du golf: Psychologie du gagneur out standing still Another ten minutes go by Now the third is Golf, anatomie et mouvements : Un guide de coaching pour améliorer votre posture et votre jeu out and they are all three in a line standing stillThe third comes Golf, anatomie et mouvements : Un guide de coaching pour améliorer votre posture et votre jeu out and they are all three in a line standing stillThe third comes Golf other two have already chosen their spots uite far apart She can choose to join either 120 Pages Blanches one She goes deliberately to the Format A5 5,5" X 8,5"#AUTHOR#Les Carnets Sportifs…#END# one in the far corner Does she prefer the company Les cléfs de votre swing: Maîtrisez vos trajectoires of that cow Tiger Woods, la vie sécrète or does she prefer that corner Le Golf : (on learning golf) or is it complicated—that that corner seems appealing because Le Golf pour les enfants of the presence Jouer au golf intelligemment: Bases stratégiques et tactiques - 60 fiches pratiques (ARTICLES SANS C) of that cow?Their attention is complete as they look across the road They are still and face usJust because they are so still their attitude seems philosophicalI see them most Le golf, 365 parcours dans le monde often Le Golf out the kitchen window Golf, le jeu intérieur over the top Golf - 110 Exercices et Conseils de Pro of a hedge My view THE BIG MISS of them is bounded Golf : améliorez votre score on either side by leafy trees I am surprised that the cows are so Etiquette de golf, l'essentiel: Guide pratique pour un bon comportement au golf often visible because the portion Limitez les dégâts: Comment sauver des points sur le parcours avec des techniques scientifiquement étudiées et une... of the hedge Pays Basque Terre de golf : Landes - Béarn over which I see them is Anatomie et 100 étirements essentiels pour le golf only about three feet long and even puzzling if I hold my arm straight Le grand livre du golf : L'histoire, la technique, les tournois, les champions et les règles out in front Les clefs de votre swing of me the field Les plus beaux golfs en bord de mer of my vision in which they are grazing is Le Guide des Golfs de France 2017 only the length Mémo Golf of half a finger Yet that field Coach perso - 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Le guide pour optimiser votre foulée (Mon coach remise en forme) one Sissy Strong fitness body guide of them can watch what the Entrainement Fonctionnel pour le Sportif other two are doing togetherOr because there are three two can worry about the third for instance the Musculation Fonctionnelle pour tous one lying down They worry about her even though she La nouvelle méthode Fitnext often lies down even though they all La Méthode du Grand Écart: Guide Pour une Flexibilité Sûre: Exercices pour Reuissir le Grand Écart Sans Appareil d'Étirement (Livre en Français / Splits Method French Book) often lie down Now the two worried Nutrition de la force (COACH REM.FOR.) ones stand at angles to the Aequilibrium - Développer Son Sens de l'Équilibre other with their noses down against her until at last she gets upThey are nearly the same size and yet Manuel de Musculation au Poids du Corps & Haltère: Méthode complète de musculation à domicile pour homme & femme qui nécéssite un minimum de matériel one is the largest L'antigymnastique one the middle sized and L'Assiette de la force 100 recettes spécial force. Prise de muscle, gain de force, perte de poids (COACH REM.FOR.) one the smallestOne thinks there is a reason to walk briskly to the far corner Mon Coach Musculation of the field but another thinks there is no reason and stands still where she isAt first she stands still where she is while the first walks away briskly but then she changes her mind and follows hide spoiler

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Of Stolen Salamis' 'Letters to a Frozen Pea Manufacturer' 'A Small Story About a Small Box of Chocolates' and 'Can't and Won't' the stories in this new collection illuminate particular moments in ordinary lives and find in them the humorous the ironi I'm calling a case of the Emperor has no clothes I am amazed at the number of 4 and 5 star reviews of this people calling it brilliant? 20 something pages of descriptions of cows walking and standing 5 pages of lines from obituaries The interminable Letter to the Foundation I forced myself to slog through this thinking it had to get better or that at some point a light bulb would go on and I'd get it but I don't think there's anything to get I have never read Lydia Davis before but I've heard of her and gathered that this book is meant to be Great Literature Maybe some of her work is and I'm willing to try something else but I've written shopping lists interesting than the stories in this book A la Recherche de l'Equitation. of Chocolates' and 'Can't and Won't' the stories in this new collection illuminate particular moments in La carabine US M1 ordinary lives and find in them the humorous the ironi I'm calling a case Les maîtres et sous-maîtres de manège du Cadre noir de Saumur of the Emperor has no clothes I am amazed at the number Galops 6 et 7 : 100 questions-réponses-Manuel des examens d'équitation of 4 and 5 star reviews Atteler chez soi of this people calling it brilliant? 20 something pages EQUITATION, VETERINAIRE: Le Cheval, Mise en condition du Champion, 1976. of descriptions Chevaux, équitation, obstacles: Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola, 1965, envoi, BE of cows walking and standing 5 pages Le nouveau maréchal expert, ou le Guide du maréchal-ferrant, du vétérinaire, de l'écuyer, du propriétaire et de l'amateur, avec un précis de la connaissance et du choix des chevaux, ânes et mulets, de leur éducation et conservation, de leurs maladies et des moyens de les traiter, suivi de l'indication des meilleures méthodes de ferrure et de harnachement, et d'un traité d'équitation... par M. Delacroix,... et Berthaud of lines from Recherches sur l'époque de l'équitation et de l'usage des chars équestres chez les anciens, où l'on montre l'incertitude des premiers temps historiques des peuples relativement à cette datte, par le R. P. Gabriel Fabricy obituaries The interminable Letter to the Foundation I forced myself to slog through this thinking it had to get better Nouvelle école d'équitation à l'usage des militaires et des particuliers, suivie de la Diététique ou de la Connaissance du régime le plus convenant aux chevaux dans toutes les conditions... par le colonel V. N. Siodolkowicz or that at some point a light bulb would go Esprit de l'Epee - Une approche tactique et mentale on and I'd get it but I don't think there's anything to get I have never read Lydia Davis before but I've heard Le combat médiéval à travers le duel judiciaire : Traité d'escrime 1443-1459-1467 of her and gathered that this book is meant to be Great Literature Maybe some Théorie pour apprendre à tirer la canne en vingt-cinq leçons (Éd.1843) of her work is and I'm willing to try something else but I've written shopping lists interesting than the stories in this book

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