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Uncommon Type

Some Stories

by Tom Hanks

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks X
Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
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    Oct 2017, 416 pages
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    Sep 2018, 416 pages

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A whimsical collection of short stories from one of America's most beloved actors.

My undergraduate fiction professor had a refrain he repeated so often it annoyed us to no end. "Only trouble is interesting," he would say, insistent that we never be too nice to our main characters. I had a heated debate with him once over the pervasiveness of "unhappy endings" in the short stories he assigned. I didn't understand why fiction had to always be so depressing. People were always getting killed, or divorced, or going through awful circumstances. "You can have happy endings," he told me, "but they have to be qualified. There's always more trouble around the corner."

Thinking back on it now, I know that he was teaching us how to write well. And the stories that have stuck with me are the ones I first read in his class. I remember with a vivid fierceness the unsettled outlaw at the end of Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," the sob of the ...

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