Articles by Joseph M. Schuster

February 20, 2015

Secret Lives: Katherine Heiny’s ‘Single, Carefree, Mellow’ 2

Almost a quarter-century after the day that Roger Angell called you with the news that he wanted to publish your story, a book with your name on it is at last out in the world and bringing you acclaim that surprises you.

September 9, 2013

Post-40 Bloomers: The Risky Fiction of Paul Harding 0

In April 2010, Harding’s debut won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction – such a surprising selection that The New York Times headlined its profile of Harding after the prize “Mr. Cinderella.”

March 4, 2013

Ordinary People: Jim Gavin’s Middle Men 0

The central concern of his collection is the tension between the ordinary life and the extraordinary. All of Gavin’s protagonists are rooted in the former. “I’m going to Cypress Junior College,” someone says in “Play the Man.” “My step-mom went there, so I’m a legacy.”

October 1, 2012

Thirty Years of Re-Reading Lucky Jim 11

Thirty-plus years after reading Lucky Jim for the first time, I don’t remember exactly what I thought of the book, why it struck the chord it did with me, why it would turn out to be one of the most important books in my life.

May 2, 2012

Reference Point: Fathers and Sons 3

If my father could not directly invite me to connect with him, he could find more oblique ways to bring the two of us together: he could give me reference books as gifts, bribe me to open the books he collected.