Friday Buzz - What's new in short stories

Happy Friday, everyone! Here are some random happenings going on in the short story world:

June 1 New Yorker: Works by two of the best short story writers are featured: William Trevor and George Saunders. Check it out!

Steven McDermott collection: Storyglossia editor Steven McDermott's new collection Winter of Different Directions is now available. Storyglossia was recently named Best Online Publication by Million Writers.

Charles Baxter on the craft of fiction: Short story master and novelist Charles Baxter has a new book coming out: The Art of Subtext.

Reading how you're read: This article examines how you can evaluate criticism of your fiction.


Thoughts for Thursday - A guzzle of dyspepsia

Dyspeptic. Isn't that a good word? Means both "indigestion" and "disgruntled." I like a word that is a multi-tasker. Barkeep! Another round of dyspepsia! And fresh horses for the men!


There are none so blind...as those trying out new contact lenses. I've been on these new soft lenses that are like putting half a grapeskin into each eye in order to try to correct my failing nearsightedness while still addressing my woefully inadquate farsightedness. The half-a-grapeskin solution is in lieu of 1) adjusting to bi- or tri-focal glasses or b) permanently searing my corneas with laser surgery. I am holding out that the lenses will eventually work, but now everything is sort of hazy, like through a sheet of Saran Wrap. This isn't a good view for an editor...


Oh, lists are fun. Especially when they are lists of the favorite movie adaptations by prominent intellectuals. Now I can have a TBV (to be viewed) list in addition to my old standby, the TBR list.

I am going to start another list, that of the "most adaptable author." And for me, gotta go with Henry James. "The Heiress," "The Innocents," and "Wings of a Dove" are all excellent films. E.M. Forster comes in second, with "Passage to India," "Room with a View," and "Maurice." Please feel free to join in with your favorite adaptable authors.


Top 10 satires

Here is a good list from the UK Guardian on the "Top 10 Satires."

The only one I've read is Catch-22 (long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away).

Coupla TBRs in here:
1) Um, didn't know Cervantes wrote stories.
2) Dickens, always.

What he missed (!!!):
Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
Animal Farm, George Orwell (which I have yet to read)

What are your favorite satires?Has anyone read some of the Guardian choices? Any recommendations?

Looks like I will have to select a Selected Satire Month for my 2008 reading!


Diddling with Edgar Allan Poe

From "Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences," (a mock scientific treatise) by Edgar Allan Poe:

A crow thieves; a fox cheats; a weasel outwits; a man diddles. To diddle is his destiny....Diddling, rightly considered, is a compound, of which the ingredients are minuteness, interest, perseverance, ingenuity, audacity, nonchalance, originality, impertinence, and grin.

Source: The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe and the Invention of Murder by Daniel Stashower

Now, go forth and diddle.