[Ebook] Shadow Traffic By Richard Burgin – Writerscompany.co.uk

Shadow Traffic Some really great stories here The Group was my favorite of the collection. The New York Times Book Review Has Praised Richard Burgin S Stories As Eerily Funny Dexterous Too Haunting To Be Easily Forgotten, While The Philadelphia Inquirer Calls Him One Of America S Most Distinctive Storytellers No One Of His Generation Reports The Contemporary War Between The Sexes With Devastating Wit And Accuracy Now, In Shadow Traffic, His Seventh Collection Of Stories, Five Time Pushcart Prize Winner Richard Burgin Gives Us His Most Incisive, Witty, And Daring Collection To Date As He Explores The Mysteries Of Love And Identity, Ambition And Crime, And Our Ceaseless, If Ambivalent, Quest For Truth.In Memorial Day, An Aging Man At A Public Swimming Pool Recalls A Brief But Momentous Affair He Had With A Young British Woman In London Thirty Years Ago And The Paradoxical Role His Recently Deceased Father Played In It In The Highly Suspenseful Memo And Oblivion, Set In The Near Future In New York, Two Rival Drug Organizations Engage In A Dangerous Battle For Supremacy One Promoting A Pill That Increases Memory Exponentially, The Other A Pill That Dramatically Eliminates Memory The Interview Centers On A B Movie Starlet Married To A Much Older And Famous Director And Her Tragic Yet Comic Interview With An Ambitious But Conflicted Young Reporter Shadow Traffic Justifies The New York Times Claim That Burgin Offers Characters Of Such Variety That No Generalizations About Them Can Apply And Why The Boston Globe Concluded That Burgin S Tales Capture The Strangeness Of A World That Is Simultaneously Frightening And Reassuring, And In The Contemporary American Short Story Nothing Quite Resembles His Singular Voice. I review Richard Burgin s new story collection, Shadow Traffic, in the St Louis Post Dispatch Often, Burgin s characters miss the meaning of all they ve undergone, and they re left with memories of regret and anguish They re obsessive, eccentric, sometimes sociopathic Yet, from the smartest college man to the murderous drunk, from the drug dealer to the harmless but conflicted housebreaker, they re mired in thought, grappling with some of the painful riddles of the world They worry abo A couple of the stories were really weird and not in a good way But overall, I really enjoyed this book. Twelve Uniquely Creative Stories The Mind of Richard BurginThis review is from Shadow Traffic Johns Hopkins Poetry and Fiction Hardcover SHADOW TRAFFIC is such a perfect title for this collection of short stories by the highly regarded writer Richard Burgin these tales are like the conjurings of things that happen deep within our minds, not ready or felt apropos for communicating with strangers Yet reviewing a collection of this sort seems almost unfair to the potential reader who will enter Burgin s world because giving even the most brief outline of a story just might spoil the effect of experiencing it first hand on the written page.Burgin seems to be in touch with the acidic relationships between men and women and nowhere is this evident than in the acerbic story Do You Like This Room an apparent early dating situation where the man and the woman exchange rather superficial conversations until some of the subcutaneous facts come to the surface and the result is near Hitchcockian Or read Memorial Day and be caught up in the geriatric swimming pool arena where thoughts of a man drift toward what may have been the distant past, or the very distant past that leaves him quite alone with the other gomers Single Occupant House lifts the curtain of the story in the opening paragraph I would have stayed in the other place longer but the false teeth in the bathroom upset me It was like walking along a beach looking for shells and s It would be too humiliating to face him on the playground if he stole my money Jeff is a self made man with his new condo and telecommuting job, cash, and good looks, he d seem to have it all Yet in the second story of this collection, The Dealer , author Richard Burgin creates a complicated persona that is distinctly childish and insecure But he s not simply a dumb guy that would be too easy Rather it s the disparity between his sense and naivete that makes the character so intriguing It s not easy to write someone so complicated without the reader impatiently dismissing the character as stupid Yes, he makes stupid choices, but it s the normal ones that are the most revealing.In the story, The Dealer , Jeff befriends a fast talking musician that plays basketball in the neighborhood and conveniently supplies Jeff with pot Of course, he has a cool name, Dash , and appears to be the role model that the conventionally successful Jeff aspires to Yet, as shown in the quote above, their friendship seems to be based on of a nine year old awareness than a grown man while they play basketball at the school, the clue is that Jeff calls it the playground Burgin creates an uneasy relationship between the two that hinges on Jeff s unwitting struggle to find a friend.My favorite of the collection is Memo and Obliv


About the Author: Richard Burgin

Richard Burgin s stories have won five Pushcart Prizes and been reprinted in numerous anthologies including The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction, The Best American Mystery Stories, and New Jersey Noir edited by Joyce Carol Oates He is the author is 16 books including two novels, Rivers Last Longer and Ghost Quartet, eight collections of short fiction, as well as the int


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