Three Additions to my Reading List

I didn’t know who James Salter was. Actually, I vaguely knew he was an author. I didn’t know he was a Korean War jet pilot who left the Air Force to be a writer. So I went on a Salter reading binge.

I read “Light Years”, then “A Sport and a Pastime”, and this year’s novel “All That Is.” I wanted to like them more than I did. I enjoyed “Light Years” the best.  It’s about a family that falls apart through divorce. The other two books seemed more like bragging about sexual exploits and really good dinner parties. But then, Nick Paumgarten, in a recent New Yorker profile of Salter said: “Salter once told his close friend the poet and novelist William Benton that one of the functions of a writer is to create envy in the reader–envy of the life that the writer is living.” I didn’t envy him, but I could sure tell he was trying to make me do so.

I probably need to read his two memoirs, since he’s allegedly good at describing flight.


About Eric Chandler

Husband. Father. Pilot. Cross Country Skier. Writer. Author of Outside Duluth and Down In It.
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