Acts of Contrition

Thomas Cobb
This collection of short stories by Thomas Cobb draws on unrelenting portraits of cruelty, whether it is the ravages of age in Ball Hawks or the costly hobby of dying in Oncology.


Reviewed: 2016-06-02
What a good teacher does not do, is sit in some bar—no, not some bar—the very Rodeo Bar where you are now drinking that whisky listening to that jukebox and rolling dice with the barmaid to see who pays for the music. You are only pretending to write your lecture, and you are fooling no one. No matter how much you like watching those little plastic horses pull that little plastic wagon in the Budweiser sign, that is their work, which they are doing, not yours, which you are not. Get to it, boy. Now.

From "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive", excerpted from this collection free online here:

Oh, yes, must read this anthology.
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