The author stops in to launch her new whodunnit
If you took Creative Writing 101, chances are you've read "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?," that requisite short-story model of rhythmic economy, or "How I Contemplated the World…," Joyce Carol Oates' clinic on ridicule of type. They're just the tip of Oates' massive, singular bibliography, the best of which ascend to Flannery O'Connor's Gothic throne with an unforgiving, moralistic eye — at times on par with the Russian heavyweights. Lofty comparisons, but after nearly 50 years and dozens of precise novels and short-story collections, entirely earned ones. Tonight, the author celebrates the launch of her latest, the dark and riveting whodunnit, Carthage.