i’ve just read an interview of Lorin Stein, editor of The Paris Review, in which he discusses three qualities of exciting short stories, or the stories he’ll publish in the magazine: a voice, a narrator with urgency a narrator who tries to persuade you he/she is telling the truth wisdom, a kind of moral authority, or an … Read moreambiguity in fiction
i’m reading Joseph Boyden’s collection titled BOTH WITH A TOOTH and it’s fucking fine writing. the forward propulsion, sentence by sentence, is engrossing. here’s a sample from a story titled “Born With a Tooth”: It was three months, close to the ice breakup that first winter, before my wolf finally trusted me enough to stay … Read moreborn with a tooth
i’m re-reading a collection of shorts BULL HEAD by John Vigna. what a collection. the writer’s unflinching scrutiny of the brutality of small town life in the Crowsnest Pass is something else. beautiful and painful. here’s an excerpt from a story called ‘Gas Bar’: “And then what?” She wipes her eyes and nose on the … Read morebull head
i’ll admit i’m quite curious about writer Jesus Hardwell who published a slim book of shorts called “Easy Living”. it’s wonderful writing. i’ve read it three fucking times. jesus’s a character writer and a little trippy so if you like Dennis Johnson, you’ll love Jesus Hardwell. they may even be the same person, karmically, if … Read morewhere in the world is jesus hardwell?
here are a couple links to people who review a short story/day ALL MONTH LONG. that’s dedication/obsession. i like the idea of visiting with a story each day, kind of like catching up with an old friend and talking crazy stuff over. like the time you played cowboys and indians through the dug up streets … Read moreobsessed with shorts
okay, top 10 list of what i consider, in my (warped) opinion, the best short stories i’ve read to date. when i say best i mean memorable. on this particular day and in no particular order. “Emergency” by Dennis Johnson “Paper Lantern” by Stuart Dybek “Pounding their Shadows” by Anthony De Sa “Swimming in Zanzibar” … Read moreit’s short story month
luxury goods floated like dirigibles across the screen. illusions. by: me.
wowza. 30,000 pounds for one short story. one fucking fine short story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/mar/22/junot-diaz-wins-short-story-prize?CMP=twt_gu
Where did the idea come from for your book? i wrote a story about Fast Eddy in 2004. a couple years later i was in this rather difficult creative writing class at U of C and found myself missing Fast Eddy. so, i resolved to write a short story cycle about both Fast Eddy and … Read morethe globe
i’m working my short-story cycle through Humber College and the structure of it has got me thinking: i don’t know a fucking thing about the structure of a short-story cycle. sure, there’s the various structures for stories that i’ve experienced, largely by a combination of trial and error, modelling, and falling into something by accident. … Read morethe marginalized short-story cycle