Etgar Keret does it again.
Fiction: "A Collection of Favorite Holidays" by Anna Prushinskaya, published by Redivider -
Proof that the second-person works extremely well when applied to the right subject.
Fiction: "Malaria" by Michael Byers, published by Bellevue Literary Review -
If you’re anything like me, this story, which was just chosen for the next installment of Best American Short Stories, will stick with you for a long, long time.
Fiction: "Sleeping Out" by Cassie Gonzales, published by The Kenyon Review -
The first-place winner of last years’ Kenyon Review short-short story contest. Amazing how much is done in so few words. Every sentence is legit.
I learned to write fiction the way I learned to read fiction - by skipping the parts that bored me. — ― Jonathan Lethem (via thetinhouse)
Fiction: "Gatsby's Hydroplane" by Chris Bachelder, published by Subtropics -
A hilarious and strangely sad story about a reporter’s, a professor’s, and a scientist’s search for the missing hydroplane in The Great Gatsby.
Fiction: "Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose" by Kelly Link, published by Fence -
A fabulist story from a writer who’s expressed fatigue with “realism.” In her own words: “Why must we continue to read about the travails of divorced people or mildly depressed Canadians when we could be contemplating the shopping habits of zombies, or the difficulties that ensue when living and dead people marry each other?”
Fiction: "Must We Stoop for Violets in the Hedge?" by Sara Levine, published by Conjunctions -
A short story about a (egocentric) woman and her (cancer-patient) mother in twenty, collage-style, miniature chapters. A great, great example of how to pull off a story with a narrator who’s not exactly sympathetic.
Fiction: "If I Vanished" by Stuart Dybek, published by The New Yorker -
If you’re in the mood for a gorgeous story about loneliness, I can’t think of a better one.
Fiction: "Needles" by Tara Ison, published by Triquarterly -
In this very short story, a woman’s known a man for twelve years, and he’s helping her move cross country. She drives her car ahead of his rental truck until she loses sight of it. She finds him in Needles, where he wants something she can’t give him.
Thought I’d share this photo from my first-year MFA reading at Work art gallery in Ann Arbor.
Photo credit: Maya West
Fiction: "Pétur" by Olivia Clare, published by Ecotone -
Ash fell from the wind.