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The Tale of Ononis

The Tale of Ononis by Rob Neufeld Part 1: The Making of a Celebrity ❧  Hare Begins His Tale  Ononis was my region’s name.People now call it Never-the-same.I’ll start with the day a delivery came. The package I got was a devil’s dare,Swaddled and knotted in Swamp Bloat hairAnd bearing, in red, one word: “Beware!” Bloats are creatures from the Land of Mud Pies,Wallowing in waste with tightly closed eyesUntil fears bring tears and the bleary bloats rise.   ❧  Hare’s Colleagues  I asked my boss,…See More
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Drop Your Troubles: A Solo Storytelling Performance with Connie Regan-Blake at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

December 1, 2018 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Join this internationally renowned storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she transforms a packed theater into an intimate circle of friends with old-timey charm, wisdom, and humor. We’ll also welcome the Singer of  Stories, Donna Marie Todd, who will perform her original story, “The Amazing Zicafoose Sisters.” Connie’s last two shows at BMCA have sold…See More
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Explore the Landscapes of Story and Telling at Lenoir-Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies

January 23, 2019 at 10am to February 27, 2019 at 12pm
A Storytelling Offering in Asheville, NCWednesday Mornings 10am-12pmJanuary 23 – February 27, 2019 This winter Connie is excited to offer a learning opportunity to warm-up your storytelling voice and creativity!  Join her in Asheville, NC at Lenoir-Rhyne University for six story-work sessions with a weekly format that allows for skills to grow over time while encouraging a consistency in discovering, revisiting and refining your stories. During these weekly sessions participants are invited…See More
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Explore the Landscapes of Story & Telling at Lenoir-Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies

January 23, 2019 at 10am to February 27, 2019 at 12pm
A Storytelling Offering in Asheville, NCWednesday Mornings 10am-12pmJanuary 23 – February 27, 2019 This winter Connie is excited to offer a learning opportunity to warm-up your storytelling voice and creativity!  Join her in Asheville, NC at Lenoir-Rhyne University for six story-work sessions with a weekly format that allows for skills to grow over time while encouraging a consistency in discovering, revisiting and refining your stories. During these weekly sessions participants are invited…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake presents A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

April 6, 2019 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Join nationally celebrated storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she hosts her workshop participants in an enchanting evening of storytelling in “A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories.” The event will be hosted by the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, just a short drive from Asheville nestled in the picturesque mountains surrounding the area. Call the Center for advance tickets (828) 669-0930 or order…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake's Taking Your Story to the Stage Workshop at StoryWindow Productions

April 5, 2019 to April 7, 2019
The focus of this “Taking Your Story to the Stage” 3-day workshop is on storytelling performance. Each participant is asked to come with a story that is almost “stage-ready.” Set in Connie’s home tucked in the beautiful mountains surrounding Asheville, NC, this workshop provides a supportive, affirming…See More
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Let’s say every word is precious (Part of Living Poem) Let’s say every word is precious.Say every word is precious.Every word is precious.Every word precious.Every word.Word.--Rob Neufeld, Oct. 16, 2018See More
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First Drumbeat

First Drumbeat(Part of Living Poem) The time has come.Call it a drum,Or a crumb,What’s left of life. I used to tell a jokeWhen my life was wide,And I was a stud,And not a dud—I knowI’m not a dud.  I’m a dude,A dad.  But everyone mustRebut the dud chargeAt summing up time. Oh yeah, the joke,A trademark one for meIn that it’s not funny. I used to say I’ll never retireFrom writingBecause if I’m ever…See More
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Julia Nunnally Duncan at Marion Branch McDowell County Public Library

October 24, 2018 from 4pm to 5pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be launching her new poetry collection A Neighborhood Changes (Finishing Line Press, 2018) at a book presentation and signing to be held at the McDowell County Public Library in Marion on October 24.See More
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The Modern Library Top 100 stops at 1983; what comes after

by Rob Neufeld

The Modern Library list for best English language novels of the 20th century is 80% pre-1960.  Its most recent pick is Ironweed by William Kennedy (1983).  It seems as if the choices were based on the weight of established opinion rather than the experience of reading.  Here is my list for post-1980 novels.

See also the review of The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad (book discussion pick for Sept. 12, 2013; no. 46 on the Modern Library list).

GREATEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE NOVELS SINCE 1980

 

Rabbit Is Rich by John Updike (Knopf, 1981)

A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines (Knopf, 1983)

Ironweed by William Kennedy (Viking, 1983)

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns (Houghton Mifflin, 1984)

White Noise by Don DeLillo (Viking, 1985)

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (Simon & Schuster, 1985)

The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy (Houghton Mifflin, 1986)

Deadwood by Pete Dexter (Random House, 1986)

A Perfect Spy by John Le Carré (Knopf, 1986)

Maus by Art Spiegelman (Pantheon, 1991)

Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons (Algonquin, 1987)

A Southern Family by Gail Godwin (William Morrow, 1987)

Beloved by Toni Morrison (Knopf, 1987)

Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood (McClelland and Stewart, 1988)

The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos (FSG, 1989)

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (G.P. Putnam’s, 1989)

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (Houghton Mifflin, 1990)

Father Melancholy’s Daughter by Gail Godwin (William Morrow, 1991)

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley (Knopf, 1991)

Bastard out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison (Dutton, 1992)

The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx (Scribners, 1993)

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez (Algonquin, 1994)

Independence Day by Richard Ford (Knopf, 1995)

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (Bloomsbury, 1997-2007)

The Voyage of the Narwhal by Andrea Barrett (W.W. Norton, 1998)

Power by Linda Hogan (W.W. Norton, 1998)

The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break by Steven Sherrill (John F. Blair, 2000)

Atonement by Ian McEwan (Jonathan Cape, 2001)

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (HarperCollins, 2001)

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (FSG, 2002)

Persepolis I and II by Marjane Satrapi (Pantheon, 2003 & 2004)

One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (Hyperion, 2009)

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Knopf, 2010)

Abducted by Circumstance by David Madden (U. of Tenn. Pr., 2010)

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Knopf, 2011)

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (HarperCollins, 2011)

Canada by Richard Ford (Ecco, 2012)

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead, 2013)

 

UNDER CONSIDERATION

 

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Money by Martin Amis

The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster

The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

World’s End by T.C. Boyle

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess

Possession by A.S. Byatt

The Country of Your Final Destination by Peter Cameron

Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee

L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy

The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Foer

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

Lanark by Alasdair Gray

A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro

Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

That They May Face the Rising Sun by John McGahern

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

Clockers by Richard Price

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

American Pastoral by Phillip Roth

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

All Clear by Connie Willis

 

NOTE ON SOME NOTEWORTHY NON-INCLUSIONS

 

There are some great authors—such as William Trevor and Ron Rash—whom I’d want to include for their short stories.

There are other authors whose body of work I love, but for whom I cannot attest to a single favorite.

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