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Y 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 uite resembles his singular voice 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 revealingIn 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

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Ambition and crime and our ceaseless if ambivalent uest for truthIn 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 memor Twelve Uniuely Creative Stories The Mind of Richard BurginThis review is from Shadow Traffic Johns Hopkins Poetry and Fiction HardcoverSHADOW 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 pageBurgin 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 Hitchc

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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 Inuirer 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 Great writing here All the characters in this collection are lonely lost deprived searching for some kind of connection Heard that before Doesn t matter Burgin tells a story in a really uniue voice that is hard to describe and shouldn t be missed Here s a coupleOtherwise the memories would come back swarming and silent and no two alike like snowflakes he supposed Many of them would melt on contact he told himself but all the while were accumulating then melting and even now he knew Chris would be part of that memory snow that would stick That was the price of human contactandIt also bothered me that all these places had gift or snack shops attached to them like mosuitoes to skinGood stuff


6 thoughts on “Shadow Traffic

  1. says:

    Great writing here All the characters in this collection are lonely lost deprived searching for some kind of connection Heard that before Doesn't matter Burgin tells a story in a really uniue voice that is hard to describe

  2. says:

    Twelve Uniuely Creative Stories The Mind of Richard BurginThis review is from Shadow Traffic Johns Hopkins Poetry and Fiction HardcoverSHADOW 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

  3. says:

    “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 collec

  4. says:

    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 an

  5. says:

    Some really great stories here The Group was my favorite of the collection

  6. says:

    A couple of the stories were really weird and not in a good way But overall I really enjoyed this book

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