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This is part of an introduction that I originally considered including in the book, but then later changed my mind. Now I'm thinking that maybe it's O.K. to include it here.

Should there even be an introduction; shouldn't these stories speak for themselves without an editorial intervention on the author's part?

Ideally, the answer is yes. An answer that you, the reader, can enforce, by simply skipping the next few pages and turning the channel (so to speak) to the one that contains the stories themselves.

On the other hand, who is immune from wanting to find out about the writer behind the fiction; to be able to say, oh yeah, that character on page 7 was his first wife, the one he cheated on with the woman who sells pots in the story about the one-legged Holocaust survivor (his maternal grandfather in real life)? The desire to tease out the autobiographical from fiction has probably existed since Homer was reciting poetry to his faithful scribe. ("Weren't those greaves that Achilles wears similar to something a lover of Homer's once gave him on his birthday?")

I'm not about to provide a map between my life and the "fiction" in these stories - I'll let someone who is willing to devote his life to going through my trash to come up with that book (if it could possibly interest anyone). What I will provide, however, is a hair's worth of information about the stories themselves - just a hair's worth.

These stores were written in three major groups. The oldest stories are The Loneliest Monk, A Second Chance, One Dead Grandfather, and An Argument in Favor of Television.

The middle group of stories includes: The Receptionist and Daughters.

The most recent stories are The Eden Project, Limousines and Violins, and Microwave, A Love Story (On Twitter). I'll leave it to you, the reader, to say whether I've gotten better or worse over time. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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