McGuane peels apart family bonds in 'Crow Fair'

March 25, 2015 12:10 PM

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Thomas McGuane is a storyteller, and he just can't resist a good laugh. Discussing how life is inherently absurd - a theme that runs through much of his work - he asks, "What do you think a Martian would think if he saw people having sex?" and then launches into a tale about how his Irish Catholic mother explained sex to him when he was about 6 years old, after they'd seen saw two dogs mating outside the grocery store.

"I asked what was going on," McGuane says, "and she explained it to me in the Irish manner: 'The little one is sick, and the big one is pushing her to the hospital.'"

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