Book Report: The New Black

Before I dive into this new story collection of all things dark, I must preface this post by saying that I didn't read the whole book. Because I am participating in #ReadWomen2014, I only read the stories included in the anthology that were written by women. My friend leant me the book so I could… Continue reading Book Report: The New Black

The Short Story-Novel Conundrum

Earlier this week, I was about halfway through reading a novel, one of those buzzy summer books promoted as an elevated beach read, when I realized I was simply‚Ķbored. Surely something was wrong with me: the book has been talked about everywhere from New York Magazine to NPR, all my trusted sources. The author is… Continue reading The Short Story-Novel Conundrum

Rambling at Length About Short Stories

I know that it's June and technically National Short Story Month has ended, but I don't want to wait another year to talk about short stories, and this is my blog, dammit, so I'm going to keep talking about short stories. I am well on my way into Lorrie Moore's captivating first collection of short… Continue reading Rambling at Length About Short Stories

In Praise of the Short Story

For those of you who don't know (I recently¬†learned this myself), May is Short Story Month. In the way April is Poetry Month, someone somewhere deemed May the month that we will pay attention to the oft-overlooked (and hard to publish) short story. The short story is the novel's little sister--she has some great qualities… Continue reading In Praise of the Short Story