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Charles Baxter

Charles Baxter is the author of five novels and five books of stories, most recently Gryphon: New and Selected Stories. He is also the author of two books of literary criticism. He lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the University of Minnesota.

Deadpan Truth and Weirdness

This year I have read hundreds of applications to the University of Minnesota graduate MFA program. I read applications every year around the time that the Christmas tree gets hauled out to the sidewalk and New Year’s Eve threatens to…