Articles tagged short stories

A Master Storyteller Is Revealed in ‘A Manual for Cleaning Women’

Lucia Berlin paints portraits of environments and people with an attentive, sympathetic and often cinematic eye.

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Never Say Nevermore: Edgar Allan Poe’s 10 Best Stories

Poe endures as an artist who made his life’s work a deeper than healthy dive into the messy engine of human foibles, obsessions and misdeeds.

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There’s Much to Love About ‘100 Years of the Best American Short Stories’

Once I stopped being upset over the lack of Amy Hempl stories, I enjoyed 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories immensely.

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Ann Beattie’s ‘The State We’re In’ Doesn’t Settle for Easy Solutions

Who are we? How do we navigate the world or each other? These have long been Beattie’s signature concerns.

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A Wicked Sense of Humor Veers Heavily Towards the Sadistic in ‘Crow Fair’

If sometimes flawed, often confusing and always marked by challenging style, Thomas McGuane's Crow Fair remains a remarkable offering from one of America's finest writers.

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‘Get in Trouble’ Doesn’t Trouble Itself With Literary Convention

Kelly Link's imaginative, sometimes challenging, stories follow their own rules but they never take the easy way out.

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John Updike Gives the Mundane Its Beautiful Due

Depending on whom you listen to, God, or the devil, is in the details, and that's exactly where John Updike's talent lies, too.

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Mostly Sizzle, Very Little Steak in ‘Look Down, This Is Where It Must Have Happened’

I pretty much hang onto anything that comes from this author’s pen. However, I truly do feel that Niedzviecki is at his sharpest when he’s focused on journalistic works about the nature of the individual immersed in today’s pop culture saturated world.

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In the Spirit of ‘What He’s Poised to Do’, An Open Letter to Ben Greenman

Dear Mr. Ben Greenman: I want to run out onto the balcony of my apartment and yell from there how snazzerific, how terrificadelic, how übertastic this book is to the people gathered below.

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‘The Love Song of A. Jerome Minkoff’ Continues to Show Just How Talented Joseph Epstein Is

Joseph Epstein, one of the most admired essayists in American literature, turns his focus to storytelling in his latest book.

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Here’s a Collection That Deserves Attention From Those Who Are Devoted to Short Fiction

When Marisa Silver’s short stories realize they are bursting the bounds of their form, they shut themselves down abruptly, not even permitting themselves the airy stretch of a novella.

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The Living Dead by Various Authors

Both volumes find their writers sizing up the basic appeal of the zombie story: the ability to remake the world in some new charnel-house image. Consistently, both find their writers quite capable of the task.

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Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse edited by John Joseph Adams

Marking the birth of post-apocalyptic science fiction with the 1826 publication of Mary Shelley's plague tale The Last Man, Adams proposes that the sub-genre's as old as science fiction itself.

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Boston Noir by Dennis Lehane, Ed.

This anthology is a lot like the city it aims to depict: occasionally impressive, at times insincere, and very proud of its quirks and foibles.

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I Go To Some Hollow by Amina Cain

At her best, Cain does a remarkable job of precisely evoking the way her characters feel as they give themselves over to the experience of some small, mundane mystery.

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5 Mar 2009 // 7:59 PM

Nam Le: To Write or Not to Write an Ethnic Story

The stories are not about arrivals per se, but rather about approximate ideas of authorial arrival, about notions that an imagination, an author from a specific cultural background has arrived in the imagination of its diverse other(s).

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Future Missionaries of America by Matthew Vollmer

Like a throng of aging punk rockers at a Sex Pistols reunion concert, the characters all seem to possess the same type of aggressively apathetic outlook on life.

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Populous with Short Stories: Drawn in Basic

Consistently lush, inviting and rewarding.

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Walk the Blue Fields by Claire Keegan

Treating the dismay and dissatisfaction of her characters as a quiet inconvenience, the real tragedy of these stories is their tone of grim and expedient inevitability.

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Wall of America by Thomas M. Disch

An important and dutiful volume that catches readers up on just about everything Disch was doing, at least in science fiction, over the past few years.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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