Monday, January 18, 2010
Edward P. Jones is a writer with whom I've become slightly obsessed. He seems to live an almost monastic existence, admirably apart from the distractions of our media-obsessed society. He lives in Washington, D.C. and has published two short story collections (Lost in the City and All Aunt Hagar's Children). His novel, The Known World, won the Pulitzer Prize, and yet many people seem never to have heard of him. This is probably because Jones shuns the spotlight, and shows no sign of the relentless narcissism endemic to our culture. I would compare Jones to Chekhov in the intimacy of his stories, the realism of his characters and situations, and the depth of compassion he shows his characters. Find a copy of one of his short story collections and start reading.