Posts Tagged: brevity

Here Are Some Stories Seth Likes

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It’s been awhile since I’ve been a-Rumpusing, but I got this email from the talented Ashley Bethard thanking me for including her in an old Here Are Some Stories I Like link list, and I got to thinking about  how much I loved doing those, so I asked Isaac if I could do them again, and he said yes.

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The Untidy World

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“In truth, memory’s great betrayal, that it will not lie intact in wait for us, is lament enough to revisit in every generation. This is what I go to nonfiction for, the way we pick at the scab, poke our finger in the wound of memory’s fickle and existential transience, and the inconvenience of our desire to make things whole and right.”

At Brevity, Liz Stephens reflects on fact and nonfiction, articulating her loss of trust in John D’Agata’s narrative nonfiction, which she examines by way of a contrast to David Shields’ Reality Hunger, and none other than Cheryl Strayed’s “The Love of My Life.”

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Here’s Some Essays I Like

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A couple weeks ago, I linked to a bunch of very short stories — stories that were superbly written but that only took a few moments to read.

People seemed to like that, so today, I’m doing the same thing with essays:

“There is a hole in the ozone layer but they say not to worry though the sheep who bear unfiltered light have milky eyes.”  — At elimae, “Dark Energy” by A’Dora Phillips.

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