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Lean and Mean
Posted By Alex Belth On June 27, 2012 @ 9:21 am In 1: Featured,Arts and Culture,Bookish,Creative Process,Great Sports Books,Links: Reviews,Sportswriting | Comments Disabled
My neighbor across the road, also a young literary hopeful, felt the same. We talked about every paragraph of “Fat City” one by one and over and over, the way couples sometimes reminisce about each moment of their falling in love.
And like most youngsters in the throes, I assumed I was among the very few humans who’d ever felt this way. In the next few years, studying at the Writer’s Workshop in Iowa City, I was astonished every time I met a young writer who could quote esctatically line after line of dialogue from the down-and-out souls of “Fat City,” the men and women seeking love, a bit of comfort, even glory — but never forgiveness — in the heat and dust of central California. Admirers were everywhere.
My friend across the road saw Gardner in a drugstore in California once, recognized him from his jacket photo. He was looking at a boxing magazine. “Are you Leonard Gardner?” my friend asked. “You must be a writer,” Gardner said, and went back to the magazine. I made him tell the story a thousand times.
For more on Gardner, check out this appreciation by our old pal George Kimball .
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 Denis Johnson on the importance of Leonard Gardner’s novel, “Fat City”: http://www.salon.com/1996/09/30/gardner/singleton/
 appreciation by our old pal George Kimball: http://www.thesweetscience.com/news/articles/7202-fat-city-and-fat-city-an-appreciation
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