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Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events: A Story from Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events (eBook Original) ➮ [Read] ➪ Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events: A Story from Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events (eBook Original) By Kevin Moffett ➺ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk In the title story from Kevin Moffett s dazzling new collection, Further Interpretations of Real Life Events, a young, struggling writer discovers that his father has begun to publish short stories go In the title story from Kevin Moffett s of Real-Life PDF ✓ dazzling new collection, Further Interpretations of Real Life Events, a young, struggling writer discovers that his father has begun to publish short stories good ones, too under the son s own name The result is a brilliant and occasionally hilarious look at the meeting point of creative anxiety and the combustible father son relationship.


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  1. Lee Klein Lee Klein says:

    Representative sentences They, he and Irene, treated time like it didn t mean anything, that was the main problem They forgot how the past moves aside for the present, and the present moves aside for the future, and what that leaves you with is a ceaseless series of transitions Ceaseless, one after the other, alignment to alignment It s hard How do people not drink Drinking s actually the only thing to do about it To hem all that jagged edging and make the intolerable tolerable I really Representative sentences They, he and Irene, treated time like it didn t mean anything, that was the main problem They forgot how the past moves aside for the present, and the present moves aside for the future, and what that leaves you with is a ceaseless series of transitions Ceaseless, one after the other, alignment to alignment It s hard How do people not drink Drinking s actually the only thing to do about it To hem all that jagged edging and make the intolerable tolerable I really admired the patterning of transitions from sentence to sentence and scene to scene.The cover is also representative, particularly the texture of its paper, which I liked at first and later realized is the same used for the Best American Short Story series, which makes sense since three of these stories appeared in recent editions.The overriding lingering impression for me was something like glinty sunstruck late summer depression Sentences observations felt like passes of a trusty world weary cape across the path of bulls charging out of moments past, present, and future, sometimes illusory butoften really real Solid story reading


  2. Kaitlin Kaitlin says:

    this book was damn GREAT Short funny sad super real stories Really dug the style they forgot how the past moves aside for the present, and the present moves aside for the future and what that leaves you with is a ceaseless series of transitions, one after the other, alignment to realignment It s hard How do people not drink He lugs around his personality like a big open pail, sloshing it all over the place.


  3. Ben Loory Ben Loory says:

    The title story is the best it s a beautiful, mysterious, and extremely funny story , but I also liked Buzzers, In the Pines, First Marriage, Lugo in Normal Time, and English Made Easy Can t wait to read Moffett s next collection Hope it s coming soon Been a while


  4. Kathleen Luschek Kathleen Luschek says:

    It s been a while since I came across a collection of short stories quite so inspiring After the opening story of a young, struggling writer, Moffett branches out, exploring an astonishing array of characters From a possibly senile old woman, to a young Estonian immigrant, to a dead beat, middle aged divorcee By this description, one would think that he s spreading himself too thin, exploring facets of life he can t possibly know But that s where the brilliance lies You will find yourself It s been a while since I came across a collection of short stories quite so inspiring After the opening story of a young, struggling writer, Moffett branches out, exploring an astonishing array of characters From a possibly senile old woman, to a young Estonian immigrant, to a dead beat, middle aged divorcee By this description, one would think that he s spreading himself too thin, exploring facets of life he can t possibly know But that s where the brilliance lies You will find yourself immersed and wrapped up in the well being, in the small victories and disappointments, of these characters I wanted to crawl inside these stories and curl up Let them wash over and envelope me First Marriage particularly stuck with me, and I was unable to get it out of my head for days afterward I promise, you won t be disappointed by Moffett s genuine talent and quirkiness


  5. Nate Dern Nate Dern says:

    I enjoyed reading these short storiesI stumbled across this book and it was a pleasure to read I look forward to readingfrom Kevin.


  6. John Luiz John Luiz says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed Moffett s first collection, Permanent Visitors, and was happy to hear word of this second one Moffett is a master of the quirky, off beat and often very humorous story Even in his oddest stories, like The Big Finish here, with its talking birds, Moffett still manages to be touchingly poignant and invoke great sympathy in the reader for his characters The 9 stories in the collection are 1 Further Interpretations of Real Life Events 34 pp A story that thoroughly des I thoroughly enjoyed Moffett s first collection, Permanent Visitors, and was happy to hear word of this second one Moffett is a master of the quirky, off beat and often very humorous story Even in his oddest stories, like The Big Finish here, with its talking birds, Moffett still manages to be touchingly poignant and invoke great sympathy in the reader for his characters The 9 stories in the collection are 1 Further Interpretations of Real Life Events 34 pp A story that thoroughly deserved its place in the Best American Short Stories of 2010 collection A writer has to deal with the enraging fact this his father, in retirement starts to dabble with writing and ends up publishing some very powerful stories in literary journals The way the story portrays the son s jealousy and annoyance over this is marvelous But this turn of events, particularly the stories the father is publishing, forces the son to reexamine memories of his mother s death and reconsider his assumption that his mother s passing had little effect on the father 2 Buzzers 20 pp A young man goes to Europe to study architecture just as he learns his ill father has died.3 In the Pines 27 pp A lonely widow lives in a retirement home that looks out a on a Civil War battlefield Because she can t find any suitable male companionship, she begins to imagine conversations with a solider from the war.4 First Marriage 26 pp A newly married couple transporting a man s car to Florida get delayed while their cars get deodorized by mechanics because a snake had crawled into and died 5 Border to Border 25 pp An Estonian immigrant who works at an Epcot Center like amusement park called Small World swallows the crown of his tooth Without health insurance to pay for new dental work, his taste of freedom in the new world means having to deal with the gross prospect of fishing the crown out when it comes out the other end of him A gross premise, but a charming portrait of an innocent surrounded by people not as principled as he.6 Lugo in Normal Time 22 pp An alcoholic tries, not very successfully to connect with his ex wife and teenaged daughter 7 English Made Easy 27 pp A story that blew me away when I first read it in American Short Fiction A young mother has to deal with the death of her husband, who passed away when she was pregnant Her days are filled with dealing with a pushy sister in law who is excessive in her efforts to keep her brother s memory alive and a neighbor with Alzheimer s who almost provides a model for the young widow on how to move past painful memories Per usual in a Moffett he mixes all this poignant, heartfelt stuff with quirky situations here a brother in law who got into trouble for having sex with a puppet.8 The Big Finish 22 pp A man who does bird shows on a cruise ship has to deal with an amorous boys and a pair of birds who talk to him, mostly letting him know how much they preferred their previous trainer.9 One Dog Year 21 pp A sick and elderly John D Rockefeller spends his last days overlooking the beach with his manservant and the doctor he s paying a hefty sum to keep him alive so he can reach his goal of living to 100 He realizes a life spent saving and planning for the future left little opportunity to savor the moment but now he wants to begin doing that, as a stunt pilot offers to give him a ride in his plane


  7. Derek Derek says:

    I guess if I knew exactly what made the stories in Kevin Moffett s Further Interpretations of Real Life Events so damn good, I d be writing stories so damn good as his But I don t, though I can probably hit somewhere close to the mark.I ve had to defend the title story against friends who can t abide by stories about stories, but having reread it in this collection, I ve moved from on the fence to quite knocked out with this story, and find myself pretty much fawning over most of the others O I guess if I knew exactly what made the stories in Kevin Moffett s Further Interpretations of Real Life Events so damn good, I d be writing stories so damn good as his But I don t, though I can probably hit somewhere close to the mark.I ve had to defend the title story against friends who can t abide by stories about stories, but having reread it in this collection, I ve moved from on the fence to quite knocked out with this story, and find myself pretty much fawning over most of the others One Dog Year is the standout for me Much of this has to do with what an excellent sentence level writer Moffett is, as evidenced by his other lovely collection,Permanent Visitors , and really all of the stories collected here He s funny, direct, unsparing Carrie pointed to a billboard featuring the likeness of a recently killed NASCAR driver s car, flanked by white angel wings I hope they haven t started letting race cars into heaven, she said It s never showy, but always quite clear that he s labored over every line, unless he s so inhumanly good to be able to just come up with He bobs and slips away from worry, the long standing injuries, the tawdriness, the undiluted stupidity of crowds off the top of his head.I mentioned in my review of Moffett s previous collection that he s at his finest when hewing as closely as possible to traditional literary fiction, and I m glad to see so many stories collected here that fit that bill, even if such a description betrays the inventiveness and variety of characters present in this collection The only story I didn t like was In the Pines, simply because I d been working on two different stories one about a Civil War reenactor, and the other about a retirement community , and Moffett s story has rendered them both beside the point Though he did offer one of the most memorable descriptions of my home state Pennsylvania, pill shaped hilly patch of zilch I could go on and on with this obsequiousness, but I ll go ahead and emulate Moffett s precise language and stop here, letting you fill in the rest Pick this one up


  8. Douglas Lord Douglas Lord says:

    Short stories generally puzzle the crap out of me, and those in this collection by Moffett whose first collection, Permanent Visitors, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award are no exception While I understand that a short story is an inherently different beast than a novel, why is it that nothing happens in a short story Ever As in many other short story collections, Moffett s characters are probably quite unlike anyone you ve ever known Among others, there is a cut rate cruise ship bird traine Short stories generally puzzle the crap out of me, and those in this collection by Moffett whose first collection, Permanent Visitors, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award are no exception While I understand that a short story is an inherently different beast than a novel, why is it that nothing happens in a short story Ever As in many other short story collections, Moffett s characters are probably quite unlike anyone you ve ever known Among others, there is a cut rate cruise ship bird trainer and a 74 year old woman named Alta who feels whole only through relationships with men These folks, even the newly married couple delivering a smelly Volvo to Jacksonville, think about things that I ve never quite thought about algae blooms, the dental health of Eastern Europeans, wooden back scratchers They do this for a few pages, with some dialog, perhaps repartee, and it s great But man, there s no action no explosions, no car chases or notable sex scenes Not even a game of darts Why Is there some unwritten rule that certain subjects are too pedestrian for the wilds of shortstoryland It s a fine collection, and readers will come away feeling happy that they discerned themes, like that you can confront some random, mystical unfamiliarity through the filter of another s psyche But if the most dynamic aspect of a book is its cover this one looks like it s a how to treatise on back scratching then you may as well spend an hour on YouTube checking out old Marty Feldman videos.Find reviews of books for men at Books for Dudes, Books for Dudes, the online reader s advisory column for men from Library Journal Copyright Library Journal


  9. Lisa Lisa says:

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway.This book is very well written, with a wonderful flow and almost musical quality to much of the language In that way it was great to read, but, I just did not like the characters in the book Well, that s not entirely true I liked Maxim in border to border , but like all of the other people in the book, he seemed very lost Perhaps I liked him because he seemed to, by the end of the story, have enough of an identity to make a difficult decision Ot I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway.This book is very well written, with a wonderful flow and almost musical quality to much of the language In that way it was great to read, but, I just did not like the characters in the book Well, that s not entirely true I liked Maxim in border to border , but like all of the other people in the book, he seemed very lost Perhaps I liked him because he seemed to, by the end of the story, have enough of an identity to make a difficult decision Other than that, I enjoyed reading about Chick and Tara, the birds in the big finish They paid attention, and seemed to be the only characters the genuinely care about someone else in the run of stories.I can certainly see the appeal in the book, but for me, the stories are mostly forgettable In one case, I had to put the book down mid story, and when I came back the next day, could not remember the first couple of pages I believe that others will enjoy this series of stories, but I prefer something where my characters aredefined I know too many people in real life who muddle through in a fog of confusion and depression, I do not enjoy reading about fictional ones.Overall, beautifully written, but not stories that appeal to me


  10. Kasa Cotugno Kasa Cotugno says:

    In the first story in this magnificent collection a writing professor instructs his students to place characters in short stories in pivotal situations, but not to have them reach conclusions That, he says, is the work of the reader Malloy follows his own dictate in each ensuing story The reader is placed into a moment in time that is challenging and transitional for each character, then left to interpret the clues and form his own conclusion as to how the character will fare in the future In In the first story in this magnificent collection a writing professor instructs his students to place characters in short stories in pivotal situations, but not to have them reach conclusions That, he says, is the work of the reader Malloy follows his own dictate in each ensuing story The reader is placed into a moment in time that is challenging and transitional for each character, then left to interpret the clues and form his own conclusion as to how the character will fare in the future In fact, in one story observation is made that his future was separated from his past InThe Pines tells of a woman always used to being admired by and listened to by men, which is how she has gauged her happiness At 74 she finds herself uprooted by well meaning relatives to another state, to a retirement community Her future is completely uprooted from her past Some of the situations, while familiar a father trying to adjust to life on the fringes of that of his daughter, a single mom coping with loneliness and responsibility , but the handling here is truly original Highly recommended


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