New Writers of the Purple Sage, edited by Russell Martin
This anthology of “Contemporary Western Writing,” consisting of short stories, excerpts from novels, and essays, contains some good work, but I don’t like to read pieces of novels which, if they are novels I have already read, is repetitive, and if I haven’t, well, I’d rather read the whole novel.
The anthology starts with a poem by David Lee, who wrote some wonderful poems about pig farming, and has some other great pieces of writing, but the book as a whole doesn’t leave me with much. Although containing work by authors such as Ron Carlson, Barbara Kingsolver. Thomas McGuane, and James Welch, it is still a limited compilation of regional literatures.
And I always thought it a bit egoistic to edit an anthology and include your own work, as Russell Martin does here.