“Where I’m Calling From” is the perfect name for this collection of short stories. Carver is “calling from” (or writing from) a place of brokenness. His characters are miserable because they are coming from a “place” of addiction, dysfunctional families, and broken marriages. And what lies at the heart of their wretchedness is this erroneous belief: That we are born in particular ways — for instance, that a person is born an addict or alcoholic — and that there’s nothing we can do to change ourselves. Did Carver himself held that view?