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November 10, 2023


This is a masterful essay, David--even better on Veterans Day. Just brilliant.

Thank you, Bruce.

A fine, fine overview of this incredibly important novelist.

When I was in grad school at Michigan in 1965, the two things that had the greatest impact on me were 1) Donald Hall's poetry-writing seminar, and 2) reading the Brothers K, which crystallized certain concepts on religion, morality, and courage in ways that nothing before or since ever matched.

Thanks, David.

I appreciate your thoughtful comment, Ken. Thanks.

It's both puzzling and compelling that a human being, including the literary savant "Dusty" can be an asshole, a gambling addict, a survivor of prison, an anti-semite and write / create novels of such magnitude that we are still reading them with awe. I love the complexity. Makes one wonder if Dostoevsky hadn't been broke and full of pathos would he not have been driven to write?! Thanks for the article, Mr. Lehman. I'm roused now to read a Dusty novel or two by lamplight near to my wood stove this winter.

Thank you, Joanne. Which of his novels will you tackle?

Which do you recommend for me?

Joanne: First, "Crime and Punishment." Then "The Brothers Karamazov."

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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