One Inch Wonders #15: The Stories of Breece D’J Pancake

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July 25, 2011 by markstani

Breece D’J Pancake’s debut short story collection, published in 1976, was regarded as an instant classic. His stripped-down prose was compared to Hemingway’s. Three years later, at the age of just 26, he shot himself. He could be one of literature’s great lost talents. This is a clip from his opening and possibly best story, ‘Trilobites’.

The place is empty, and I rest in the cooled air. Tinker Reilly’s little sister pours my coffee. She has good hips. They are kind of like Ginny’s and they slope in nice curves to her legs. Hips and legs like that climb steps into airplanes.

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