Tag: Annie Proulx

  • What is delayed decoding?

    What is delayed decoding?

    Delayed decoding is a technique used by the Literary Impressionists and writers who came after. The term was coined by Ian Watt in a 1972 lecture “Pink Toads and Yellow Curs: An Impressionist Narrative Device in Lord Jim“. Joseph Conrad is well-known for using this technique. Lord Jim was published in 1899, but many modern […]

  • Dump Junk by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    Dump Junk by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    “Dump Junk” is a short story by Annie Proulx, included in the Bad Dirt collection (2004). This is a revisioned fairytale based on The Magic Porridge Pot and similar. Proulx’s shorts stories in many ways allude to, cite, and subvert a number of myths, legends, fairy tales, and folktales converging as common cultural patrimony. Annie…

  • The Wamsutter Wolf by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    The Wamsutter Wolf by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    “The Wamsutter Wolf” by Annie Proulx is a short story included in the Bad Dirt collection (2004). The title of the collection comes from this story. SETTING OF “THE WAMSUTTER WOLF” This particular setting can be geolocated. Wamsutter is a town in Sweetwater County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 451 at the 2010 census. Wikipedia As of this…

  • What Kind Of Furniture Would Jesus Pick by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    What Kind Of Furniture Would Jesus Pick by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    “What Kind of Furniture Would Jesus Pick?” (2003) by Annie Proulx is the story of Gilbert Wolfscale, whose rabid devotion to his ranch drives off his wife and sons. You can read this one online. SETTING OF “WHAT KIND OF FURNITURE WOULD JESUS PICK?” This story reminds me of Larry McMurtry’s Hud, probably because it’s…

  • The Contest by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    The Contest by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    “The Contest” by Annie Proulx is a short story from the Bad Dirt collection, published 2004. Like Larry McMurtry, Proulx writes two main types of stories — comical stories similar to those found in dime novels (in McMurtry’s case) and in hunting and fishing magazines (in Proulx’s case). “The Contest” belongs to the comical class,…

  • Man Crawling Out Of Trees by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    Man Crawling Out Of Trees by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    “Man Crawling Out Of Trees” is a short story by Annie Proulx, included in her Bad Dirt collection (2004). Many of the stories in this collection are in the tall story, brutal, regional, humorous tradition, and readers who don’t share Proulx’s sense of humour haven’t connected to these stories as well as they connected to earlier ones.

  • Negatives by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    Negatives by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    “Negatives” is a short story by Annie Proulx, first published 1994 in Esquire, later included in the Heart Songs collection. You can read it online, with limited unpaid access. “Negatives” is the most brutal of the stories in this collection. Content note for rape. Reasons to read this story: If you’re writing a short story…

  • Electric Arrows by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    Electric Arrows by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    “Electric Arrows”, a short story by Annie Proulx, was published in the late 1990s. Proulx was ahead of the vanguard, keenly aware of cultural misappropriation when most folk were offering their takes on political correctness.

  • A Run of Bad Luck by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    A Run of Bad Luck by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    “A Run Of Bad Luck” by Annie Proulx is a short story which explores the nature of luck, and by extension, the nature of fate.

  • Bedrock by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    Bedrock by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    “Bedrock” is a short story from Annie Proulx’s collection Heart Songs, published 1999. This is a subversive feminist tale, which challenges the readers assumptions about ‘gold-digger’ women and especially those we dismiss as ‘rednecks’. “Bedrock” makes a good mentor text if you: Are writing a story in which the reader is asked to switch sympathies,…

  • Stone City by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    Stone City by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    “Stone City” is a short story by Annie Proulx, first published 1979, collected 20 years later in Heart Songs. Some of Proulx’s short stories are like compacted novels, and “Stone City” is one of those. The story of the humans is wrapped by the story of a fox, looking in from a slight distance. “Stone…

  • Heart Songs by Annie Proulx Storytelling Short Story Analysis

    Heart Songs by Annie Proulx Storytelling Short Story Analysis

    “Heart Songs” by Annie Proulx utilises a dynamic employed by a number of other stories in the same-named Heart Songs collection — an outsider comes into a rural community and misunderstands local ways.