Allan Gurganus is the author of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All and The Practical Heart. His next work of fiction, Local Souls, will be published in 2013.
 (November 2012)


John Cheever Turns 100

John Cheever, Ossining, New York, 1976
John Cheever, now unfairly known as the gloomy, sodden satyr of suburbia, was at least rarely gloomy. Fact is he was more fun per minute than is legal in a nation this Republican. If his fiction still throws off salt spray and blinding daylight, his company amused, intrigued, specialized in dares. He always wanted to have a good time.