Short Cuts

Raymond Carver is a master at telling creepy stories. This is the movie -> book collection, inspired by Altman’s movie of the same name. Every collection of stories I’ve read by him includes a version of “Scotty”, the story about the baker who crank-calls the couple who doesn’t pick up their son’s birthday cake because he’s hit by a car, in the hospital, and dies. There’s another disturbing story, So Much Water So Close to Home, where the husband is on a four day fishing/camping/drinking trip and they find a dead body on day 1 but choose to continue fishing/drinking/camping. The vitamin story shows up in this collection as well. And the dad who takes the family dog to get lost. Undercurrents of daily life held up for scrutiny and that make us all look strange, florescently- lit.