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Michael Chabon is also not afraid to toss in what a John Steinbeck character called “a little hooptedoodle.” Which brings this conversation about contemporary writers to a brief reflection on their predecessors — the “moderns” before “post,” the “mo” before “po.” In the early ’80s I was in a Manhattan bookstore, and asked about a biography of John Steinbeck I had read about.
The young and severely hip clerk (what we would now call a metrosexual) sniffed, then muttered, “Does anyone read John Steinbeck anymore? Likewise the other moderns, Hemingway, Faulkner, Dos Passos, Fitzgerald, Jack London (just reread some of his early stories — powerful stuff, like the best of his novels, ), the “Four Ws” (ooh, I like that!
Foss Maritime Co., one of three main tugboat companies operating on the Columbia River, will lay off its 60 workers and leave the river.
The Seattle company is selling its Columbia River business to Tidewater Barge Lines, which moves grain and other cargo along the Columbia-Snake river system.
(The key word was “hoped.”) Unlike most book reviewers, I have the luxury of choosing to read only books that I expect to enjoy.
Because unless you’re getting paid to be glib about stuff you don’t like, why bother?
Foss boats also provide so-called ship assists, nudging cargo vessels in and out of ports.
Portland-based Shaver -- like Foss, founded in the 1880s -- will now compete more directly with Tidewater, a Vancouver company dating from the 1930s.
Union leaders said Foss's departure was underway long before the current lockout of longshore union members at United Grain Corp.
The title refers to aging — how an old man’s every third thought is of death, quoting Prospero in when he is planning to return to Milan, “Where every third thought shall be of my grave.” The main character is an elderly author who remains upbeat and energetic, reflecting, “That still gives First and Second Thoughts to get stuff done in.” The irrepressible John Barth chronicles life’s late stages with the same crafty sleight-of-hand and bawdy gusto he brought to portraying youth — when it might be said that every third thought was of another end. His writing is accomplished in stolen hours, with the aid of earplugs and amphetamines.) John Barth blossomed into his own mature style with in 1960 — highly intelligent and deeply learned, yet somehow warm and friendly, darkly comic and satirical — and always with a light-hearted carnality that might be dubbed “satyrical.” Since then Mr.
Barth has produced a steady monument of works large and small, all interwoven with mythology, history, magic realism, unconventional techniques, and dark or ribald humor. Michael Chabon (2012) Michael Chabon was born in 1963, placing him among the generation of authors coming into their maturity right now.