To me, the short story is this miraculously compressed form, elegant and complex, small in shape but large and deep in meaning; it has the capacity for perfection in a way that the novel does not. Many writers work their way “up” to writing a novel; perhaps I’ll find that my artistic trajectory will be to work my way “down” to writing gorgeous, perfect short stories.
I wanted to like this novel, I really did. I even tried to like it. Sabatini's first book, a collection of linked short stories called The One With the News, was this amazingly nuanced examination of emotional complexity in a time o... Read Post
We asked the writers these questions: What do you like about writing short stories, and if you also write novels, how do you compare the writing? Read Post
From The World of Nabokov’s Stories (1999), by Maxim D. Shrayer: In an 1971 interview with Stephen Jan Parker, Nabokov said: “In relation to the typical novel the short story represents a small Alpine, or Polar, form. It looks diffe... Read Post