Wednesday, January 11, 2006
John Gardner Back In Print (as novelist)
Phil informs me that John Gardner's October Light is back in print, with The Sunlight Dialogues and Nickel Mountain soon to follow, thanks to the industrious attentions of New Directions Publishing. Although OL is not my favorite Gardner novel (Grendel and The Sunlight Dialogues tie for first), I treat this as very good news indeed. God knows there's an ever-growing host of writers inhaling his peerless "instructionals", The Art of Fiction and On Becoming a Novelist: now's their chance to catch up on the prose of their crazed and erudite zazen.