August 27, 1989 |
Anger hangs like a pall over this brooding story of interracial murder in a small Southern town during the '50s. The coldly amoral Paris Trout feels no remorse when he inadvertently shoots a black teen-ager and wounds her guardian, but his trial releases tensions hidden within the social fabric of Cotton Point, Ga.
November 3, 2003 |
"I am the guy who breaks things," Pete Dexter says, looking up from under his eyebrows, a worried but amused expression on his wide-open face. "... for fun," he adds. This is exactly how Dexter, Mr. Noir (in both the literary and personal sense), writes his exquisite, painful novels.
January 1, 1995 |
Paris Trout, the violently bigoted Southerner who, in Pete Dexter's novel of the same name, stood monstrously for the darkest human and social instincts, has spawned several baleful fingerlings. There is, at the start of Dexter's new novel, "The Paperboy," Sheriff Thurmond Call of Moat County, Florida. He had, "even by the standards of Moat County, killed an inappropriate number of Negroes in the line of duty."
February 4, 2007 |
IN a farewell to readers in Philadelphia, where he had been a columnist at the Daily News for better than a dozen years, Pete Dexter wrote that he had come to the city empty but no longer was.
May 15, 1989 |
Local playwright Marlane Meyer, whose "The Geography of Luck" opens Tuesday at South Coast Repertory, has been awarded the PEN Center U.S.A. West 1989 Literary Award for drama for her play, "Kingfish," which premiered last fall at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Also receiving awards are writers Pete Dexter, Mae Briskin, Paul Monette, Ellen Howard, Virginia Euwer Wolff Naomi Foner, Shawn Hubler, Lennie LaGuire, Robert Duncan, William Everson and Lee Tae-bok. The 1Oth annual awards banquet will be held Saturday at the Biltmore Hotel.
August 1, 1996
I applaud Kelvin Christopher James' brashness and his efforts to get his work before the public ("He Takes a Lot of Pride in His Fling With a Demon Lover," July 23). More writers should do the same. However, when he lets his ego fly and tells us his writing is "superior to anyone else in America right now," I'd like to remind him of a few names, since he sounds like someone who doesn't read much: Jayne Anne Phillips, Toni Morrison, Peter Mathiessen, Cormac McCarthy, Philip Caputo, Lucia Berlin and Dorothy Allison.