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Why is it called The Magic Barrel?

They were the protagonists in a short story titled The Magic Barrel. It might be because bernqrd the author of that Magic Barrel story.

Bernard Malamud is one of the famous people Corvallis can claim. Bernard slept here, you know.

The Magic Barrel – Wikipedia

He wrote fiction that has a notable place in American literature, and he wrote some of it just a few blocks from this theatre. It fit, right after harvest time in this fertile valley, sharing food and getting ready to collect candy and give thanks for zucchini and turkey for all. But I sought out the Malamud story. I had to really hunt in it for the reference to a barrel. The story goes that the marriage broker carried around cards on which he wrote pertinent details about potential wives.


The drawers are already filled to the top, so I keep them now in a barrel. But Leo, the rabbinical student, he was needy yet very particular; he rejected one-by-one the contents of the barrel.

You can meet around the barrel by the food later. We do know that our hometown is a cornucopia of other types. Like, is there a massage therapist in the house?

Malamud slept and wrote here for just a few years, and just once upon a time. Once there, it was a while before I had my bearings … I was overwhelmed by the beauty of Oregon, its vast skies, forests, coastal beaches, and the new life it offered, which I lived as best I could as I reflected on the old …. Yet too much was tiresome. Later, they permitted me to offer a night workshop in the short story to townspeople who, for one reason or another, wanted to take a writing class; I earned about a hundred dollars a term and got more pleasure than I expected.


A Reading to Fight Hunger. Why is it called The Magic Barrel?

May your barrels always be full.