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8 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 29, 1996

Continued from Page 5
night (Brewer) through the cloud of a
hangover, wants to know what foolish
things he had done the night before. From
his friend (Witten) he discovers he had
poured out his soul, and therefore Witten's
character thinks there is more than mere-
ly afriendship between the two men.
As the Roun~d Table emptied and the
play came to an end, only Cadi Sutter was
left, and her monologue "Sentiment."
Again, lamenting over lost love, Sutter
poured her heart out to the audience,
which unfortunately by this time had
grown tired of listening to such a saga.
From the choice of costumes, to the
set design, the atmosphere of the early
'20s was portrayed well, Miller did an
admirable job casting and directing the
play. Although, the play may have ben-
efited from not having three almost,
identical dialogues, one after the other,
as in the case of "The Last Tea,'"Dusk
Before Fireworks" and "The Sexes."
Miller also slightly altered the selec-
tion of "You Were Perfectly Fine" by
making it an interaction between two
'ien, and giving it homosexual under-
tones. This was different from the way
Dorothy Parker originally wrote it as
occurring between a man and a woman.
However, it did provide the evening
with some necessary comic relief, after
numerous dilemmas between heteroge-
neous couples.
Overall, the cast did a good job of
'portraying often difficult and needy
characters. While some themes may
have been overworked, "Here Lies"
dealt well with a complex series of
short stories never meant for the stage.

Acclaimed author
Beattie to read
novel at Borders

churns out
country fare

By Dean Bakopoulos
Daily Books Editor
Not many fiction writers can boast
that their first published story appeared
in The New Yorker at age 25.
Ann Beattie sure can. That's exactly
what happened to her.
When in college, her mentor at
Am eri ca n
University, J.D. l
O'Hara, was so P R
impressed by his
student's talent that
he began to submit Reading
Beattie's stories to work,
the New Yorker for at Borders at
her. These stories
Beattie would literally pound out in a mat-
ter of hours, which was a good thing,
since it took 22 tries for Beattie to get
published in The New Yorker.
Today, she is known as one of the
country's most influential living writ-
ers; at 49, she is the author of five short
story collections and five novels.
Even more important, however,
Beattie, along with vriters like John
Cheever and Raymond Carver, was
instrumental in bringing the art of short
fiction back to the forefront of the
American literary landscape. Her role

ng f

in that resurgence began in 1976, the
year that the story collection
"Distortions" and the novel "Chilly
Scenes of Winter" caused an uproar of
praise among book critics.
Tonight, Beattie is in town to pro-
mote the Vintage Paperback release of
"Another You:' Some critics are calling
it her best work
VI E W* "Another You"
inn Beattie centers around
the world of
rom her latest fiction M a r s h a 1 I
Another You," tonight Lockhart, an
30. Admission is free. English professor
at a small New
England college. His placid world of
bookishness and academia, grows a lit-
tle more intense when Marshall's wife,
Sonja, is has an affair with her boss. At
the same time, an attractive female stu-
dent, Cheryl, develops a closer relation-
ship with him, confessing things that
Marshall may not want to hear.
Marshall's colleague, McCallum, a
rather tragic figure, then barges into his
life, furthering the growing complexi-
ties. Still, the Marshall we meet in the
novel's opening beats seems slightly
oblivious to this spinning world of


If you're a fan of traditional country
music, you'll want to check this album
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I'm not talking about Garth or Bill
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Johnny Cash and Hank Williams.
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Ann Beattle reads from her latest fiction work, "Another You," tonight at Borders.

problems. But soon the problems are
beating him in the face.
Interesting that Beattie's novel would
focus on the story of a university acad-
emic. Unlike many prominent
American writers, Beattie does not
teach writing at a university. Instead,
she and her husband, painter Lincoln
Perry, remain focused on the art of cre-
ation rather than the act of instruction.
Perhaps that's why Beattie does not go
off on tangental, moralizing passages
regarding sexual harassment, adultery
and professionalism, although she very
well could do so In this kind of novel.
But no, Beattie simply tells the story
of Marshall, and does so in a way that,
despite the numerous relationships and
numerous problems in the novel, the
reader never feels whelmed. Even the
mysterious story that is revealed
through correspondence between two

off-stage characters is compelling
enough to overshadow any possible
True, in this nutshell summary,
"Another You" may sound a little melo-
dramatic - with great amounts of
adultery, flirtation and conflict - and a
lesser writer would almost certainly
indulge in that melodrama.
But not Beattie.
With the restraint, insight, and origi-
nality readers have come to expect from
her, Beattie pulls off the story of
Marshall Lockhart, a tale of the infi-
delities, responsibilities and heartaches
that leaps at the reader with its sad
beauty and difficult implications.
Simply put, "Another You" is another
wonderful novel from one of country's
finest, most resonant voices. A chance
to hear that remarkable voice comes
tonight at Borders.

Get the wh le sc onf the M eh an-Michjaii Seyt me.<
next week in the Daily
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they're originals, it's playing faithfu
covers of nuggets by Mel Tillis or Web.
Provided you enjoy undiluted twang,
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- Anders Smith-Lindall
Cobtinued from Page 5
gospel. ... The spiritual law ... tells us
the type of music a Christian is sup-
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