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Craig: list is not killing newspapers; Lish, a better Carver?

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In an interview in ComputerWorld, Craig Newmark, founder of Craig’s List, tells about his business, its successes and why it’s not what is killing newspapers.

At the New Yorker, correspondence between editor Gordon Lish and short story writer Raymond Carver shows something of their complex artistic relationship over time. And a version of “Beginners” (Carver) or “What we talk about when we talk about love” (Lish’s edit) shows what Lish did with or to Carver. My take isn’t one that late Carver lovers will like: Lish made the better story by far. (Note: I did the selection, headnote and teacher’s guide for the Health Anthology of American Literature section on Raymond Carver. There I chose “A Small Good Thing” the un-Lished version of “The Bath” I like both versions, but I prefer the longer one in this case.).

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