Why do you think Carver chose the title of this magazine for his short story "Popular Mechanics"?

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Actually, Raymond Carver didn't choose the title "Popular Mechanics" himself. Originally, the story was going to be called "Mine," but his editor changed it to the title as we now know it. Popular Mechanics is a mass-market magazine which looks at various aspects of science and technology. It's especially notable for providing readers with practical "how-to" advice on such topics as home improvement. It's possible, then, that the title is being used in Carver's story in an ironic sense.


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