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Year of Short Fiction Roundup

The year of short fiction is over, so I thought I'd post my final thoughts on it. Here's a list of what I read with links to each post: Daisy Miller by Henry James The Awakening by Kate Chopin The Red Pony by John Steinbeck Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote The Call of Cthulhu… Continue reading Year of Short Fiction Roundup

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Year of Short Fiction Part 8: Tenth of December

Today we dive into the short fiction of George Saunders. Saunders made it in the literary world on short fiction alone. He might be the only person I know of to do this. His first novel came out earlier this year and that was twenty-one years after his first story collection (and novella). I can't… Continue reading Year of Short Fiction Part 8: Tenth of December

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Year of Short Fiction Part 7: Interpreter of Maladies

Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri, is one of those collections of stories I've heard about for years. It came out in 1999 and won the Pulitzer Prize. I think I dragged my feet on it because of the Oprah endorsement and the fact that I assumed I knew it already (i.e. it's just another… Continue reading Year of Short Fiction Part 7: Interpreter of Maladies

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Year of Short Fiction Part 6: Cosmicomics

I've sort of been dreading this one, but it's the only thing remaining on my short fiction list that I own. Three years ago I wrote up my interpretation of Italo Calvino's If on a winter's night a traveler. Calvino can be strange and highly symbolic, but that book's meaning jumped out at me with little… Continue reading Year of Short Fiction Part 6: Cosmicomics

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Year of Short Fiction Part 5: The Call of Cthulhu

Somehow I went my whole life without reading a single thing by H.P. Lovecraft. Since we're still doing short fiction from the early 20th century, I decided to rectify that. I'm not much of a reader of horror, but there's certainly a lot any writer can learn by studying the genre. And let's face it, The… Continue reading Year of Short Fiction Part 5: The Call of Cthulhu

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Year of Short Fiction Part 0

If you're new to this blog, you might not know that 2016 was the Year of Giant Novels. I got kind of burned out on that by the end, so I decided to make 2017 the Year of Short Fiction. I thought I'd spend a post talking about my expectations for this and what I… Continue reading Year of Short Fiction Part 0

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The Stories of Cheever Part 3

This is the last post in the series. He really only has two more stories that are well-known: "The Five-Forty-Eight" and "Goodbye, My Brother." "The Five-Forty-Eight" is a strange case study for me. To my eye, it breaks a ton of traditional advice given to writers. The story itself is a suspense/thriller plot. A man… Continue reading The Stories of Cheever Part 3