What I so like about Perfume River is its plainly-put elegance. Enough time has passed since Viet Nam that its grave human lessons and heartbreaks can be-with a measure of genius-almost simply stated. Butler's novel is a model for this heartbreaking simplicity and grace.
~ Richard Ford ~
The "lost" eigth session of Robert Olen Butler's "Inside Creative Writing," in which Butler suffers a setback and writes what he later describes as "abstract crap." Both the iTunes and official FSU YouTube versions of this episode cut to black at the 20-minute mark.
---- Jeff Guinn, Fort Worth Star-Telegram