Paying Attention to the Short Story


The Telegraph’s Sam Baker says that the short story is experiencing a resurgence, both in the United States and Great Britain, thanks to technology.

Suddenly, after years out in the cold, the short story finds itself a perfect fit for our attention spans and our mobile devices.

Baker also compares the manner in which we read now—in short bursts—to that of the mid-nineteenth century, when readers processed novels, like those by Dickens, serialized in magazines.

Alex Norcia is a writer living in Brooklyn. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in VICE, The Millions, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Electric Literature, Word Riot, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. He is an editor-at-large at The Offing. More from this author →