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We will discuss Vladimir Nabokov’s essay “The Art of Literature and Commonsense,” as well as three stories: “Signs and Symbols,” also by Nabokov; “Vandals” by Alice Munro; and “The 5:48” by John Cheever.
Mary Gaitskill is the author of the novels The Mare; Veronica, which was nominated for the 2005 National Book Award, National Critic’s Circle Award, and the LA Times Book Award; and Two Girls, Fat and Thin. She is also the author of the story collections Bad Behavior; Because They Wanted To, which was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner; and Don’t Cry. Gaitskill’s stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, Best American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories.