It's here that Butler locates the appeal of tabloids to highbrows and lowbrows alike--they, like all imaginative storytelling, can liberate us from the realm of What Is to that of What If? But in ferreting artful narratives out of his headlines, the author turns the "sweet little quiet nowhere" of the tabloid experience into the emotional involvement of a literary one. Were he a tabloid publisher, he would no doubt be richer than he is today. Instead, we're richer.
Robert Olen Butler reads fromTabloid Dreams on Thursday, November 14 at the Hennepin Public Library in Golden Valley, 830 Winnetka Ave. N.; call 545-2761 for info.