"What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" -Raymond Carver; Illustrations by Annie Mok
Appearing regularly in The New Yorker, Esquire, and Best American Short Stories, Raymond Carver was one of the 1970s-1980s masters of the short story. He employed an extremely lean, spare style that hinted at more than it showed, and is often referred to as minimalism. His stories center around the sad, tragic lives of middle-class and working-poor characters. This particular illustration by Annie Mok features a quote from the original manuscript of What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (originally titled “Beginners”) that was cut by Carver’s editor, Gordon Lish, in the published version.