Thoughts on Short Fiction: Short Stories about Love

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All this Valentine’s shenanigans last Friday have made me sentimental and a bit melancholic on the subject of love and all its subtleties. So, with nothing better to do, I reminisced on all the short stories I’ve read over the course of my life that tackled the complicated subject of love and I thought about … Continue reading

Thoughts on Short Fiction: The Superlatives of 2013

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Finishing my last short story collection this year, Alice Munro’s Who Do You Think You Are?, I can conclude that this is a good year for short fiction. Of the 68 books that I’ve read so far for 2013, 23 were short story collections or anthologies and that is not mentioning the various short stories … Continue reading

Thoughts on Short Fiction: Alice Munro

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Last week, I came home to the news that one of my favorite short story writers, Alice Munro, won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. I remember that day since the rain was falling heavily, my shoes were wet, and a tree was felled near where I live due to the combination of rough winds … Continue reading

Thoughts on Short Fiction: Ballard, Barthelme, and Munro

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It has become apparent lately that I now prefer short stories/fiction over novels. I have read more short fiction titles on the months of April and May than the previous year combined and I am currently reading two short story collections penned by Alice Munro and Donald Barthelme while my copies of Lolita and Atonement, books that I am … Continue reading