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2007-10-19 - 12:24 p.m.

The rewards of reading a good short story collection are qualitatively different than those that come from the full commitment slog through a novel. Something about staying closer to the surface, but allowing the surface to be as rich and lovely and potent as the emotional depths of a novel (or the satisfaction of riding the suspense of a plot-driven novel).

When I haven't read short fiction in a while, it makes me feel like I'm just discovering literaure for the first time.

And so it is that I am enjoying this Charles Baxter collection, and look forward to reading more. His story "Xavier Speaking" really captures the folly and power of religious conversion and bad love affairs.

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