Jim’s Favorite Alice Munro Stories

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In honor of Alice Munro’s Nobel prize, I asked Jim for Alice Munro stories that he especially loves.  The first story that came to his mind was “”Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.”  It begins:

Years ago, before the train stopped running on so many of the branch lines, a woman with a high, freckled forehead and a frizz of reddish hair came into the railway station and inquired about shipping furniture.

The station agent often tried a little teasing with women, especially the plain ones who seem to appreciate it.

“Furnture?” he said, as if no one had such an idea before. “Well. Now. What kind of furniture are we talking about?”

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“I’m trying to figure out a way of tricking myself into getting at difficult emotional material “

Here’s a clip produced by Knopf in which Jim explains how he accesses his emotional world in his writing.  This short clip provides valuable insight into Jim’s work.