Category Archives: Short Stories/Essays

Carmen and Other Stories

I’ve been waffling for a couple of days about what I want to say about this collection of short stories by 19th-century author Prosper Mérimée (and translated from the French by Nicholas Jotcham). When I think back on the stories, … Continue reading

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The Force of Spirit

A few years ago, I read Staying Put, a collection of personal essays by Scott Russell Sanders. That collection had a sense of coherence around the same theme: what does it mean, to a geological place, and also to the … Continue reading

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Elementals: Stories of Ice and Fire

This book of short stories by A.S. Byatt has been on my TBR list for almost six years. Byatt is a favorite author of mine, and I’ve read most of her novels and short stories now. But each time I … Continue reading

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Masculinity in Breaking Bad

If you happened to see me in September 2013, you might have had a hard time escaping a conversation about Breaking Bad. I came to the show late, starting it not long before the final half of the final season aired and … Continue reading

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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

I was pleased as punch when Teresa reviewed this collection of Stephen King’s short stories last month. I like King’s short stories and novellas a lot, as a rule. They’re often scarier than his novels, because they’re focused on situations, … Continue reading

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The Moons of Jupiter

I’m not sure it’s possible to read too many stories by Alice Munro. I’ve developed a taste for modern short stories that edge toward the weird, like the ones George Saunders writes: stories that play with form, that are futuristic, … Continue reading

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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

Even though I’m a Stephen King fan, I don’t make a point of reading all of his books. And I’ve hardly read any of his short stories. But The Guardian review of his new collection piqued my interest, and short stories seemed like … Continue reading

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My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer

This book by poet Christian Wiman is not easy to describe. It’s not exactly a memoir, although it contains elements of memoir, and it’s not exactly an essay collection, although each chapter dances around a particular theme or idea. His … Continue reading

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Not the End of the World

I’ve set myself a small informal project of getting caught up with previous books by some of my favorite authors who don’t have unreasonably long backlists. That basically means Kate Atkinson and Sarah Waters. I’ve read all but a couple of … Continue reading

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Let Me Tell You

There have now been three collections of Shirley Jackson’s short work published since her death in 1965: Come Along With Me — short stories, lectures, and part of an unfinished novel edited by her husband, Stanley Edgar Hyman; Just an Ordinary … Continue reading

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