Friday, April 11, 2014

Short Stories - You have died of dysentery

Okay, I know I'm not the only person out there who has a big stack of New Yorker magazines at least six months old and yeah, I tell myself, tonight's the night I'll really dig into the pile.  I'll just glance through a couple, check out the cartoons, see if there's anything by David Sedaris, maybe the articles will be about Fashion Week or something similar I don't care about.  And then I realize I'm holding a fiction issue. You can't exactly whip through that, can you?

I like short fiction.  I like the idea of telling a story economically.  Raymond Carver - I mean, really, what can you say?  Adam Haslett's collection, You Are Not a Stranger Here is so good I haven't read the last story because then I'll be done and I don't want to be.  Etgar Keret - awesome.  Check out "Fatso."  Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies, equally awesome.

"On the Oregon Trail" by Caitlin Horrocks is a wonderful story.  It helps if you're familiar with the old computer game The Oregon Trail.  If not, check it out.  It still exists.  The story relates to the game - it's funny, but also wise and not what you're expecting.

I'm halfway through her first collection of short stories, This is Not Your City, and it may turn out like You Are Not a Stranger Here - I'll have to stop because I won't want the book to end.

It's the weekend.  Read a short story.


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