Tag Archives: Short Stories

The rescue will begin in its own time

I was really impressed by this illustration for the June 29 issue of The New Yorker magazine by Matt Willey. It accompanies ‘The Rescue Will Begin in Its Own Time‘, a series of short pieces by Franz Kafka that have not been … Continue reading

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Keep a sharp lookout

“The Peasant and the Cucumbers” by Leo Tolstoy (trans. by Leo Wiener) A peasant once went to the gardener’s, to steal cucumbers. He crept up to the cucumbers, and thought: “I will carry off a bag of cucumbers, which I … Continue reading

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Or will we all have to move to Canada ?

“Banal Story” by Ernest Hemingway So he ate an orange, slowly spitting out the seeds. Outside, the snow was turning to rain. Inside, the electric stove seemed to give no heat and rising from his writing-table, he sat down upon … Continue reading

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Surrealist Sunday

From French Surrealist writer and artist Gisèsle Prassinos’s early collection La Sauterelle arthritique (The Arthritic Grasshopper).  

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Human Moments

“Human Moments in WWIII” is a science fiction short story by American writer Don DeLillo, originally published in a 1983 issue of Esquire Magazine and later incorporated into his published short story collection The Angel Esmeralda. It revolves around two astronauts, whose interactions are described while … Continue reading

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San Francisco Stories

I recently shared a post about Short Edition free story vending machines coming to Philadelphia. Now, it seems the concept has already reached San Francisco and the Café Zoetrope, which is owned by the director Francis Ford Coppola. Take a … Continue reading

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In Shades

It’s always a pleasure to stumble upon a creative concept online that’s done well. In Shades is a new digital magazine created by Marina Esmeraldo (illustrator) and James Vincent (writer). Based in Barcelona, In Shades is a weekly magazine publishing … Continue reading

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How It’s Done

I’m a long time fan of writer George Saunders going back to his short story collections “CivilWar Land in Bad Decline” and “Pastoralia”. If you love great storytelling, whether you know Saunders’ work or not (but you should), this short … Continue reading

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Stories for Strangers

Calling himself “The Roving Typist”, C.D. Hermelin visits parks in New York City where he writes impromptu stories for strangers for a fee. Story patrons provide some ideas on what they’d like in a story and pay what they choose … Continue reading

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What Do We have in Our Pockets

I’m an unabashed fan of the Israeli writer and filmmaker Etgar Keret. If you read any of his terrific short story collections, I’m confident that you’ll fall under his thrall too. Keret recently posted an amusing annotated version of his … Continue reading

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