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Small moments have big meaning in Stuart Dybek's stories
Small moments have big meaning in Stuart Dybek's stories

Stuart Dybek's stories occupy a territory somewhere between Vladimir Nabokov and Nelson Algren — beguiled by the play of language but also gritty and specific, fundamentally urban at their core. This makes sense, I suppose: Born in 1942, a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a native of Chicago, Dybek is a product of the classroom and the streets. Although he's received a Guggenheim and a MacArthur "genius" grant, he doesn't publish often; his last book of fiction, "I Sailed With Magellan," came out in 2003. And yet, to read him is to be reminded of the resonance of small moments, the connections that arise and dissipate with the passing...

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