Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar: Stories of Work by Richard Ford

By Richard Ford

This important and compelling choice of tales approximately paintings, compiled by means of novelist and short-story author Richard Ford, explores stories of ways we americans are hired; how we discover paintings and go away it; the way it excites, ennobles, sometimes debilitates, yet usually defines us.

Contributing writers for Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar variety from modern Pulitzer Prize winners Edward P. Jones and Jhumpa Lahiri to iconic short-story masters Tobias Wolff, Annie Proulx, and Joyce Carol Oates, in addition to rising writers akin to Lewis Robinson. Encompassing quite a lot of modern literary kinds, a long time, ethnic backgrounds, and geographical destinations, Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar is a masterful, exhilarating, and well timed fictional exploration of labor and its courting to the human spirit.

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And finally, a local news program obtained rough footage of the film I’d been working on when Elder Briggs broke into my house. Though I had, through judicious editing, been trying to protect the young actress, a black actress, the news only played the uncut footage of the obviously frightened and confused woman. But none of that mattered. I was ashamed and vilified, but I was alive. And I was certainly pissed at the local media, who had become as exploitative as any pornographic moviemaker.

Please. I’m so cold. My father needed a real blanket, a good blanket. I walked out of the recovery hallway and made my way through various doorways and other hallways, peering into the rooms, looking at the patients and their families, looking for a particular kind of patient and family. My expression and posture were that of a man with a sick father and so I belonged. Maybe he was Mexican, which is really a kind of Indian, too, but not the kind that I needed. It was hard to tell sometimes what people were.

The professor says, “Brown people From all brown tribes Will burn skyscrapers and steeples. They’ll speak Spanish and carry guns and knives. ” All I can do is laugh and laugh And say, “Damn, you’ve got some imagination. He shakes his head And assaults me with his pity. I wonder how he can believe In a ceremony that requires his death. I think that he thinks he’s the new Jesus. He’s eager to get on that cross And pay the ultimate cost Because he’s addicted to the indigenous. Bird-watching at Night WHAT KIND OF BIRD is that?

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