January 17, 2020

Add This To The List of Things That You Are

By Chris Fink, Professor of English
University of Wisconsin Press, 2019

In this collection of 14 short stories, Professor of English Chris Fink gives readers a cast of memorable characters navigating their lives in vivid settings ranging from the wilds of New Zealand to an Arizona mobile home park beset by cats wailing in the dark of night. Featuring mostly male characters in places and situations that are bewildering, they grapple with the passage of time, their place in the world, and their own idea of themselves in the locales where they’ve landed.

In one story titled “Cubness,” five guys whose high school baseball team glory days are long behind them continue to enact a ritual of heavy drinking and male bonding during treks from the Midwestern farmlands to Chicago to watch the Cubs play ball. Although their expectations for the team are low, “Hey, anyone can have a bad century,” one character says about the team, their internal musings are perhaps even lower and sometimes darkly funny and revealing.

Christine Sneed of The National Book Review writes in a review that, “… Fink has offered us a virtuoso collection in which he addresses with unflinching insight, humor, and empathy his characters’ complicated interior lives, which so often are a welter of confusion and misguided love.” Fink is also the editor of the Beloit Fiction Journal. His first work of fiction, Farmer’s Almanac, was published in 2013.

Also In This Issue

  • Portrait of professor Bob Black.

    In Remembrance: Robert G. Black, Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures

  • Tamir Ardon and Dan Greeney, Producer and Writer of the Film “Framing John Delorean”, in El Segundo, Calif.

    All Roads Lead to the Delorean

  • President Scott Bierman sitting in his office in Middle College.

    An Investment in Beloit’s Next 174 Years

  • Lu Going’20 promotes WBCR as a staff member of the station.

    Mellon Grant, a peek inside WBCR, and more news in brief


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