May 31, 2009 |
The Signal A Novel Ron Carlson Viking: 184 pp., $25.95 -- Ron Carlson's new novel is a love story and a wilderness adventure that mounts to a climax of shocking, and satisfying, violence. It's a tale from the woods and it begins when Mack, a young Wyoming rancher who's been messing himself up and has just gotten out of jail, arranges to meet his estranged wife, Vonnie, for a trek into the Wind River mountain range he knows so well.
September 16, 2007 |
Ron Carlson Writes a Story From the First Glimmer of an Idea to the Final Sentence Ron Carlson Graywolf Press: 112 pp., $12 paper -- RON CARLSON has come to trust the process of writing a story, "a process involving radical, substance-changing discovery." When he began teaching some 25 years ago, he taught the craft, "because it was teachable." ("Vision, of course, is not teachable. . . . What a person chooses to write about is not teachable.
May 13, 2007 |
RON CARLSON is waiting for the cable guy. It's been more than a week now and he's trying a cowboy tactic, quietly saying exactly when he'll be available -- something like staring a bull in the eyes to mesmerize it. Four months in Southern California and he's become the cable-guy whisperer. Carlson's home reflects what he is: a workingman. A sofa, some chairs. Out on the patio, an empty can for cigarette butts. In the bathroom, a bar of soap and a toothbrush.
August 27, 1992 |
As you might lean out an attic window at an exaggerated angle to check your roof's soundness--somebody is holding your feet--Ron Carlson uses touches of fantasy that get agreeably out of hand for a better view of the virtues and verities of his middle class. Most of the time someone is holding his feet, yet the grip is disturbingly shaky. Sometimes the fantasy comes down on the reassuring side.