A Kosmos of Buffalo: A Review of Carl Dennis’s “Night School” — Michigan Quarterly Review


Mario Vargas Llosa writes in “Why Literature?”, his 2001 essay for The New Republic, that “literary illusion lifts and transports us outside of history, and we become citizens in a timeless land, and in this way immortal.” Though Vargas Llosa is specifically referring to literary fiction, the same feeling pervades Carl Dennis’s extraordinary thirteenth collection…

via A Kosmos of Buffalo: A Review of Carl Dennis’s “Night School” — Michigan Quarterly Review

To be honest with everyone and especially myself I have never been into literature. I have concentrated my readings and writings on the here and now. If I can feel it; see it and touch it, I feel comfortable dealing with it.

This post opened my eyes to a different way of interacting with my surroundings. I have always known that my imagination, creative and otherwise, needed revamping. I shied away from fiction in the hopes of not having to involve my emotions to comprehend what I was writing.

In his post, John S. O’Connor eloquently and in language that even I can understand offers critiques of Carl Dennis’ Night School. O’Connor compares Dennis’ writing style to the styles of other literary greats. Upon ready the last sentence of the post, I wanted to secure a copy of Night School.

I recommend that you read O’Connor’s post. Let your imagination run wild though under intellectual control.

Published by Paul Hunter Jones

I was raised in Great Neck, New York. In 1975 I received a B.A. degree from Alfred University. Three years later I graduated from the University of Michigan School of Law and have been practicing law in New York ever since. I am a Republican though I will vote according to the better policy or stance. Politics, law, and finance are my interests. I give special thanks to Cheryl Jones of Lexington South Carolina, my sister, and Eliana Trout Blanco of Santa Marta, Colombia, a one of the kind friend, for their contributions in the writing of this blog.

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