On Our Shelves (as of this morning) Published:
W. W. Norton & Company, 8/2010
So, you say you want to be a writer...eh? Read this book. Many times! The Triggering Town is one of the best writings-on-writing books I'll ever come across. Richard Hugo's advice is bold, hilarious, and completely sound: "To write a poem you must have a streak of arrogance—not in real life I hope. In real life try to be nice." With countless unabashed gems such as these, this book will leave you leafing through its pages, hunting for that one line that had you in stitches or made you cry. The only complaint I have about it is that it's too short! Once you read one essay, you'll barrel through the rest at a dangerous speed, then you'll read them out of order, backwards, on your head, ah! Hugo remains quotable, delectable, and completely irresistible.