We Don’t Have to Paint Every Darn Brick: Thoughts on Millhauser’s “Eisenheim the Illusionist”

When I read the short story “Eisenheim the Illusionist” by Steven Millhauser, I was instantly enchanted by the attention to detail, the twists and turns, and, of course, the magic. (It is, by the way, completely different from the movie The Illusionist, but that’s another post.) The way Millhauser writes about late 19th century Vienna, … Continue reading We Don’t Have to Paint Every Darn Brick: Thoughts on Millhauser’s “Eisenheim the Illusionist”

The In Between Space: Reconciliation in Joy Williams’ Short Stories

  In her short story collections, Escapes (1990) and Honored Guest (2005), Joy Williams explores loss in provocative and disturbing ways, exploring suburban dystopia through strained human relationships.  Her stories address in between spaces: spaces between question and answer, possession and loss, and life and death.  As I reread her work, I noticed some ways in … Continue reading The In Between Space: Reconciliation in Joy Williams’ Short Stories