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“Descending from the dukes of Gascony and the Merovingian kings, he was exceedingly proud of his royal connections and, sublimely self-assured, he held sway over a worshipful band of muses, literary ladies and young Symbolists.”
“Descending from the mountains, a massive Banamex sign towers over the town of Los Barriles, a reminder, if one were needed, that this is the closest bank or ATM machine to Cabo Pulmo.”
“Sam Shepard is attached to star in Descending From Heaven: The Strange and Extraordinary Tale of Claude Eatherly, A-Bomb Pilot for director Sandy Smolan and producer Marcia Nasatir.”
“Descending from the stratospheric heights of high politics, the Euro-army and the rest, therefore, a story in today’s edition of the Scotsman caught my eye.”
“Samuel Delany has pointed to the opening of Thomas M. Disch's story "Descending" as an exemplary use of listing to efficiently suggest a character:Catsup, mustard, pickle, relish, mayonnaise, two kinds of salad dressing, bacon grease, and a lemon.”
“I hope soon to have something to say about Thomas M. Disch's story "Descending" which John Schoffstall has already written well about, and I may perhaps, if I can think of anything coherent, also have something to say about one of my current obsessions: Okkervil River.”
“Descending" is perfect in its own, more modest, way.”
“What most impresses me about "Descending" is how much Disch wrings from his premise.”
“I consider "Descending" a well-written careful work that does show how you can build a psychological story from a simple idea, but...”
“Samuel Delany, in his introduction to Fundamental Disch, points out how well lists are used as a method of characterization, and this is, indeed, true, but the virtues of the story don't simply rest on that technique, because the situation of "Descending" enhances the characterization as well, and the choice of complications all reveal more about the character's personality.”
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