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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Planning for the last attack doesn't make Americans safer
Topic - Malcolm Cowley
"Snapper" is not a book about fish. Nor is it about birds, although birds play an important role. It isn't really a novel, or even a collection of short stories. It is what the author correctly calls "a book."
Although I haven't gone back and counted them, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that of the words used to characterize John Cheever in Blake Bailey's new biography of the man who liked to be called "America's Chekhov," "charm" and "charming" would be among the most frequently occurring.