Too Good to Factcheck

John Cheever once said, “I want to write short stories like I want to f*** a chicken.” Soon after that utterance, his career took off and he’s now acknowledged as a master of the short story.

That’s just one of the pithy revelations from Blake Bailey’s new book Cheever: A Life. For more, check out this review on or read the first chapter in the New York Times.–David E