Posts Tagged: American Short Fiction

In the Spirit of Curiosity: Talking with Jamel Brinkley

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Jamel Brinkley discusses his debut story collection, A LUCKY MAN.

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This Week in Short Fiction

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Remember the Choose Your Own Adventure books from the 80s and 90s? These were the ones in which you, yes you, the reader, were the protagonist of the story. You made the decision to go into the mysterious cave or not, or break into the creepy mansion or not, or attempt to tame the vicious […]

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Treatment and Healing

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Treatment sometimes looks like hospitalization in an overcrowded psych ward and medication that can dissolve personality. Over at American Short Fiction, Jenna Kahn writes about the depiction of mental illness in literature—as found particularly in “The Depressed Person” by David Foster Wallace, “Silver Water” by Amy Bloom, and “Monument” by Kevin Barry—as it matches (or […]

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This Week in Short Fiction

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This week, we have two stories of time machines and space stations, but mostly of people who clean up messes. Amber Sparks’s second collection of short stories, The Unfinished World, published on Monday by Liveright, is a vivid and imaginative blend of sci-fi and fantasy, magical realism and surrealism. Her stories resist being contained in […]

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This Week in Short Fiction

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This week, Okey-Pankey treated us to not one, but two flash fiction stories from Padgett Powell, whose third collection of short stories, Cries for Help, Various, is forthcoming this September as the first title from the new Electric Literature/Black Balloon Publishing lovechild, Catapult. In true Powell form, the pieces are darkly comic and flirt with […]

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This Week in Short Fiction

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Monday marked Bloomsday, the annual celebration of James Joyce’s 732-page day-in-a-book, Ulysses. While this is hardly short fiction, Joyce is also often credited as one of the earliest practitioners of the epiphany, a technique that still burns bright in short fiction (and at times too bright as some have told it). As a toast to […]

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New Fiction Confab on 4/13

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Texas readers, this year’s New Fiction Confab in Austin looks completely irresistible. There will be talks with writers like Sam Lipsyte, Susan Steinberg, and Rumpus Book Club author Manuel Gonzales; creative-writing workshops for writers of all ages; and a lit fair with local publishers like Unstuck, A Strange Object, and American Short Fiction. The best news of all: […]

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A Virtual Tour of Austin Publishing

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The Austin Chronicle has a nice roundup of the Austin publishing scene, from speculative-fiction journal Unstuck to a small press run by an ex-military spoken-word poet, to A Strange Object, the phoenix currently poised to rise from the ashes of American Short Fiction. It’s always good to have a reminder that you don’t have to live in New York […]

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A Strange Object Is Born

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Callie Collins and Jill Meyers, formerly of American Short Fiction, are starting a new project together: “A Strange Object is an independent press based in Austin, Texas, dedicated to publishing surprising, heartbreaking fiction in strange packages. We’re talking about fiction that haunts and inspires us—big work that engulfs, that takes risks, that bucks form, that […]

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A Necessarily Incomplete But Hopefully Helpful List That Proves The Slush Pile Has a Pulse

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A couple of weeks ago, I ranted against a Wall Street Journal article that proclaimed “The Slush Pile is Dead.” The slush pile, for those who are unfamiliar, is the name for the large amount of unsolicited writing that’s submitted for publication to magazines and web sites. Part of the reason for my reaction to […]

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