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Improbable Outcomes

Improbable Outcomes <p>ABSTRACT:</p><p><i>Some Trick</i> is a short story collection full of people pushing up against the literary world or the art world or any of the other narrow-minded "worlds" that determine what creations can be called art. Painters and writers in these stories, some of which have been sitting on a hard drive since the 1980s, have to fight to preserve their talents from what the market wants. DeWitt&apos;s great subject is the cost of selling one&apos;s work—how easily skill is squandered when the work from a singular mind becomes "cartoonified and fatuous" for the market. The stories reveal a joy in knowledge, and beneath that, an acknowledgement of the refuge it provides from a world so difficult to fathom that it might as well be stupid. DeWitt&apos;s own interest in reading beyond a narrow canon of American fiction has also given her a curiosity about technical expertise that most fiction writers avoid.</p><p>Madeleine Schwartz reviews <i>Some Trick</i>: Thirteen Stories by Helen DeWitt.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Dissent University of Pennsylvania Press

Improbable Outcomes

Dissent , Volume 65 (3) – Aug 8, 2018

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University of Pennsylvania Press
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<p>ABSTRACT:</p><p><i>Some Trick</i> is a short story collection full of people pushing up against the literary world or the art world or any of the other narrow-minded "worlds" that determine what creations can be called art. Painters and writers in these stories, some of which have been sitting on a hard drive since the 1980s, have to fight to preserve their talents from what the market wants. DeWitt&apos;s great subject is the cost of selling one&apos;s work—how easily skill is squandered when the work from a singular mind becomes "cartoonified and fatuous" for the market. The stories reveal a joy in knowledge, and beneath that, an acknowledgement of the refuge it provides from a world so difficult to fathom that it might as well be stupid. DeWitt&apos;s own interest in reading beyond a narrow canon of American fiction has also given her a curiosity about technical expertise that most fiction writers avoid.</p><p>Madeleine Schwartz reviews <i>Some Trick</i>: Thirteen Stories by Helen DeWitt.</p>

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