Category Archives: Short Stories

Storm Warning by Vanessa Gebbie

I must say I tried to stay cool before reading Gebbie’s new collection of short stories and flash fiction. Her first collection Words From a Glass Bubble was exquisite: the stories were unique and authentic, the characters felt like I’d … Continue reading

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“Woman Inside Out” by Kathryn Magendie

The new literary magazine Sotto Voce, which is available online and soon in print as well, features in its second issue a short story by Kathryn Magendie, a North Carolina author and editor of The Rose & Thorn E-Zine. Magendie’s … Continue reading

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“The Limner” by Julian Barnes

The New Yorker opens the 2009 fiction year with Barnes’ short story about Mr. Wadsworth, not-quite-an-artist, and yet not a non-artist. He paints anything people order: portraits, horses, even windows in bad times. The name evokes Wordsworth and the story … Continue reading

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Gaza on my Mind

When I opened this blog it was not to pour out my everyday frustrations and joys, my political preferences, etc. I opened this blog to review fiction, which to me often can speak the truth, and denaturalize ideological determination of … Continue reading

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“Sleep” by Roddy Doyle

A nice story, with some heartbreaking twists and turns. “It was the thing he’d always loved about her. The way she could sleep. When they’d just started going with each other, before they really knew each other, he’d lie awake, … Continue reading

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“Gold Boy, Emerald Girl” by Yiyun Li

The protagonist Siyu has practically lost her marriage prospects, but goes out on a date with Hanfeng: “He was raised by his mother alone, as she was by her father. She wondered if his mother, who had set up their … Continue reading

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The New Yorker Festival

This October, The New Yorker organized another festival with plenty of interviews with all manner of writers and important thinkers. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to go and am looking forward to seeing some interviews as podcasts. My greatest hopes … Continue reading

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