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By Paul Goodman

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This ultimate number of Goodman’s brief fiction includes lots of his best-known tales, together with the much-anthologized “Our stopover at to Niagra” and “Adam.” After the egoistic rage and alienation of the Thirties and Forties come those “dialectic tales” of the Fifties, tales within which Goodman explores the archetype of the divided self––Theseus and the Minotaur, guy and boy, Adam in exile and Adam within the Garden––and makes an attempt to reconcile the two.

Society (“the simply international have,” sporting the load of heritage and the duties of tradition) is in compelling discussion with the Artist (innocence and intuition, the resource of power, mind's eye, and life). now not enemies, they struggle to heal one another. “Relent, remedy,” is the chorus of those stories, that are mythic, American, sophisticated, and lovely, by no means dry, shrill, or schematic. Even after the good fortune of turning out to be Up Absurd and his past due essays, Goodman thought of his tales of the 50s his most sensible paintings, not just in fiction yet in any genre.

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But as I feel myself, my ribs, my skull, I seem to be intact. My name in Kinnison. My father from Euboea. My penis? Yes, my penis is firmly rooted, like the great oak at Dodona, and just as always he leaps up at a bound! the poor dumb thing. But the sailors of the Dolphin! sailors of the Dolphin! on what shall we spend our love now that we have come to ourselves? Now that we have relented? Now that we have come to ourselves. For the people of Mytilene are crazy, they themselves have chosen their disaster.

I'd make you out a raffle-ticket, but between you and I they're phoney, and anyhow I left 'em home. But I gotta get that rifle, 'cause this way-just like you said-I'm left out o' everything an' I'm shamed an' disgraced in front o' all my contemporaries. But if you gimme the dough," he went on breathlessly, "God bless you. I'll pray to Mary muvver of God to bless you an' all the saints an' St. " "Yes," I said. t unbelieving. The tears had started into my eyes when I said "Yes," and now they were rolling down my cheeks.

Mamee,' he cries, 'look at me! ' Red and throbbing, like the big cock he is; he doesn't know whether to believe it, he's so proud of himself that he'll burst. He needs us; he's impatient of a judicious word and ready to fight again. His voice has become shrill. But we accept him and crown him and 43 THE GALLEY TO MYTILENE reassure him. " At this picture we burst out laughing. But their dumb sullen one naturally tries to spite our joy by sniffling in the corner. 0 shut up, you magpie! what do you know about victors and about the efficacy of praising victory?

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