Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Short Story


I love a good short story. Novels are great too, but there is just something about the intensity and concentration of theme in a short story. I recently read an article in SF Magazine about the politics behind the short story and how it is nearly impossible to get published unless you are willing to write a novel. So I say bring back the short story.

One of my favorite books, The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri is a collection of short stories about the culture clash between the East and West. She went on the write The Namesake, a novel, which while very good just wasn't as strong as her short stories. Well now she is back with what she does best with her most recent collection of shorts titled Unaccustomed Earth.

The article mentioned a few online sources for short stories that I am interested in checking out.

Opium Magazine
Narrative Magazine
McSweeney's

3 comments:

OpiumTodd said...

Hey, thanks for mentioning Opium! We'd be thrilled to see everyone's next, best work.

Plus, there's an Opium's Literary Death Match (www.LiteraryDeathMatch.com) on Sept. 12 in SF at Amnesia. Go!

Todd
(Opium's founding editor)

MamaLove said...

Ditto I loved her short story book sooo much we read it for book club!!!
how are you doing......love the red dress you posted and you are right it seems like a place to get good ideas to how or what to mix to make your own fashion!

Jennie said...

Thanks for making me aware of this book! I loved Maladies too and will definitely put this one on my list.