Arkansas woes, post-Goldfinch spiral, and Henry Dumas is my savior

6 thoughts on “Arkansas woes, post-Goldfinch spiral, and Henry Dumas is my savior”

  1. Beautifully written. A nice endorsement! “The stories are alive, and they are different from anything I’ve read in a very, very long time. If ever. They are dark and smoky, masculine and earthy, filled with mojo and magic; they read as if they come from a long line of souls buried deep in the earth. I imagine Henry Dumas was an intense man; he certainly had a reverence for the dignity of his race.”

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  2. Wow, fantastic. And apparently he was shot to death at age 33 by a transit cop at 135th st. in NYC, in a too-familiar story. Thanks for introducing me to him!

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    1. Yes, Ark of Bones was published posthumously and contains several editor’s notes regarding mistakes and intentions in Dumas’ manuscript; he did not live long enough to complete the work himself. So sad. It is my pleasure to introduce you – I hope you enjoy his stories.

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