What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
by Raymond Carver
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Carver received boatloads of honors and awards in his short lifetime, including one of the "first Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Awards, nominations for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and Poetry magazine's Levinson Prize. In 1988 he was inducted into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Hartford." Seriously, this guy is kind of a big deal. (Source.)
Carver stopped drinking on June 2, 1977. We're glad he did, both for his health, and for the fact that it allowed him to write tons of stories that richly explore the destructive aspects of alcohol use. (Source.)
People steal the title "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" and repurpose it in all kinds of ways. The latest version? Author Nathan Englander's collection of short stories, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank.