Some very impressive things are being said about Steven Millhauser’s “We Others,” the latest offering from the prolific writer and Skidmore professor. Both Jonathan Lethem (in the New York Times) and Michael Dirda (in the Washington Post) have written celebratory reviews of the short story collection, which includes works both old and new and seems like a decent introduction for those unfamiliar with the author’s bibliography.
In 1997, Millhauser’s novel Martin Dressler won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, which—in the words of our vice president—is a big fucking deal. He is regularly featured in The New Yorker and his widely acclaimed short story, “Eisenheim the Illusionist,” was later adapted into the 2006 film
The Prestige The Illusionist.
So if you see Millhauser around campus and you’re looking for an excuse to talk to him and maybe cultivate a Finding Forrester-like relationship, bringing up his new book is the perfect opener. I still haven’t worked up the courage to tell Steve Stern how much I enjoyed The Frozen Rabbi (I really did, Professor Stern!).