Monday, March 15, 2010

Airships by Barry Hannah

I was sad to hear that Barry Hannah died last week. Known for his audaciously written, darkly funny stories--described as "gonzo Southern fiction" by the Grove/Atlantic publisher in Hannah's obituary--he was more of a writer's writer, as they say. His debut short story collection, Airships, is set in the Vietnam War, the Civil War, and the modern South, populated by loud drunks, war veterans, and the like. Many of the stories were first published in Esquire, where they were edited by the legendary Gordon Lish. I own another collection by Hannah, High Lonesome, which I haven't read yet. Maybe I'll get on that now.

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