“Heart of a Champion” takes the reader from the opening credits to the close of an old (fictional) Lassie serial. It is fascinating tutorial for those of us who have absorbed most of our ‘short stories’ in the form of TV shows or webisodes or through other visual media. It demonstrates quite nimbly, how to [...]
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One of the things I love about short stories is the way they can play with form. They are, at their best, unpredictable. “Orange” by Neil Gaiman (which I found in the Best American Non-Required Reading 2011 anthology) is a perfect illustration. Written in the form of answers to a police interrogation, the story never [...]
A guest post by regular contributor Jami who is reading a story a day throughout 2012.. This week: “A Telephone Call” by Dorothy Parker.
…Reading these short stories has made me realize that it’s a place I can go, a place I should go in my own fiction. …
This story comes from the June 2012 edition of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. It features an unnamed protagnoist who is also the hero of a forthcoming book by the same author, Mike Cooper. This story starts strong, with a clear sense of place and time, not to mention a few hints as to the type [...]
After reading the first few lines of “The Door” by E. B. White 1 my immediate feeling was one of outrage: here I am reading a story by the author of a book that has generations of writers in terror of writing something the ‘wrong’ way (The Elements of Style by Strunk & White), and it’s [...]
from Fifty Great Short Stories(Milton Crane, Ed. Bantam Classics reissued 2005) I’m working my way through this short story collection which was first published in 1952 and starts with a lot of what would have been quite ‘modern’ writers’ stories: Dorothy Parker, Katherine Mansfield, Ernest Hemingway, V. S. Pritchett. Only one story so far has [...]