How to Survive a Bear Attack and Selling Typewriters, in Literature
March 9, 2012 12:44 PM Subscribe
Help me find two pieces of literature I read about thirty years ago, one a short story, the other a poem.
posted by Toekneesan to Writing & Language (9 answers total)
There were two pieces of literature I remember reading in college but now I can't remember enough details about them to find them again. The first is a poem I read in a poetry anthology. I think it may have been edited by X.J. Kennedy. The poem was a prose poem about surviving in the wilderness, and I think it included instructions for surviving a bear attack.
The second I thought was from a Flannery O'Connor story but I did some poking around in the FS&G '71 edition of compete stories and couldn't find it. All I remember was a funny line in the story where a mother was talking to someone, I think on a bus, and mentions that her son wants to be a writer. Then she says something like— "He hasn't sold any writing but he did land a job selling typewriters so that's a good start."
What are these two pieces of literature?