In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried Summary. Amy Hempel The story ends with the friend being buried in Los Angeles, in a well-known cemetery. “In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried” is a short fiction story by author Amy Hempel. It was first published in TriQuarterly magazine in , reprinted in. Tell me things I won’t mind forgetting,” she said. “Make it useless stuff or skip it.” I began. I told her insects fly through rain, mi For the short story reader. Updated.

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At its most reductive or repetitive, it can induce corresponding states of boredom or trance.

Jlson, in fact, she does come back. We believe in her fear, her love of life, and her psychological fragility. She also names other contemporary short story writers such as Mary Robison and Raymond Carver as having affected her style.

The chimp used sign language to communicate with its baby.

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I gempel supposed to offer something. The danger that springs from this kind of thinking is obvious in this story and, for that matter, in much of the world it reflects. Kubler-Ross found that many dying patients are comforted if someone sits and listens to their openly expressed fears and thoughts. Aldridge evaluates the writing styles and creative work of new writers whose fiction has been produced in college and university creative writing centers.

The friend is interested in hearing cmeetery the first chimp that was trained to talk until the narrator warns her that the outcome is sad, at which point the friend commands her to stop the story.


Inappropriate language is often a symptom of denial. In doing this, Hempel evokes an airy mood that reminds of the arbitrariness of life against something as big as fear and the fear of loss and death. I told her no one in America owned a tape recorder before Bing Bburied did.

“In the Cemetery where Al Jolson is Buried”

If there is only death, what difference does it make what we do in life? There is a kind of writing that masks a lack of substance by itself posing as substance. Two months, and how long is the drive?

Sometimes a vignette is just a vignette, a sketch a sketch. Her stories have been translated into twelve languages and anthologized in the United States and several other countries.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve jolwon time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia. Eleanor Wachtel, a noted Canadian radio-journalist, perceives. But how does this attitude affect human relationships? In the denial stage, the patient refuses to recognize reality and acts as if the disease does not exist. Was Bing Crosby the first American to own a tape recorder? The friend throws a fit upon realizing the narrator is leaving, yanking off her protective mask and running out of the room.

In the United Statesand particularly in California, places often come to be identified with their connections to the rich and famous.

Why has it taken her so long to make this visit? The narrator must rescue herself by not staying to watch–or actively help–her friend die. This, in fact, becomes all she can do, the only way she can think. Rushing to fill that void, a reader must jilson his own meaning, or assume the presence of some meaning that eludes his grasp.


And then a few lines down the reader learns about the camera above them. The narrator recalls her one and only hospital visit cmeetery her best friend, who was dying.

She also finishes the story about the chimpanzee that her friend did not want to hear.

To her credit, Ms. Amy Hempe l is one of my favorite writers. The narrator remembers how she and her friend played a word-game burie ward off earthquakes.

I told her insects fly through rain, missing every drop, never getting wet. The truth of this trivia is not important because truth is merely an irrelevant abstraction in the face of death.

This psychological stage, which is usually brief, is followed by the first true recognition of reality, and the patient then enters the stage of grief or depression, mourning the loss of his or her own life. The decision to so willingly go for a walk is what does it for me. Commentary This ao is an intriguing, frank, and pithy rendering of complex reactions to the dying of loved ones.