Hemmingson on Vollmann

Michael Hemmingson has an extended piece on William T. Vollmann worth your time.


Breakfast arrives and we eat.

“I’ve been praising you to Bill how great you are at karaoke, Mike,” Larry [McCaffery] says, “how your ‘Copacabana’ is legendary in Borrego.”

“I haven’t done that one in a while,” I say. “Lately it’s been ‘Ring of Fire.’ Larry does a good Elvis.”

“I bet he does,” says Vollmann.

Larry sings a verse from “Ring of Fire.” “We need to get you out there for karaoke,” Larry tells Vollmann. “How does that sound? Do-able?”

“Sounds good, Larry.”


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