Hey, Why’d You Do That, Ravi Mangla?
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Hey, Why’d You Do That, Ravi Mangla?

Writers are asked many general questions about their craft. …”What is your overarching philosophy regarding the inherent power of fiction?”…”What IS–character–to you?”…”What is the position of place in your work?”… These are great and important questions, but I’m really curious about the little things.  In the “Hey, Why’d You Do That” series, I ask accomplished … Continue reading »

GWS Click Bait Controversy: Is the Internet Killing the Traditional Short Story?
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GWS Click Bait Controversy: Is the Internet Killing the Traditional Short Story?

Can we be honest?  Most writers like attention and enjoy being part of a dedicated literary community.  I am certainly one of these writers.  The GWS Click Bait Controversy is designed to bring attention to an important issue that impacts us all.  (And to GWS.)  The provocative title is designed to make you click.  (I … Continue reading »

What Can We Steal From David Leavitt’s “The Scruff of the Neck”?
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What Can We Steal From David Leavitt’s “The Scruff of the Neck”?

Title of Work and its Form: “The Scruff of the Neck,” short story Author:  David Leavitt Date of Work: 2001 Where the Work Can Be Found: The story originally appeared in 2001’s Volume 86 of The Southwest Review, one of those all-time-great journals that will never take any of my work.  (I’ve come to grips with that.)  If you have … Continue reading »

What Can We Steal From Tobias Wolff’s “Bible”?
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What Can We Steal From Tobias Wolff’s “Bible”?

Title of Work and its Form: “Bible,” short story Author: Tobias Wolff Date of Work: 2007 Where the Work Can Be Found: The story originally appeared in The Atlantic‘s 2007 fiction issue.  As of this writing, you can find “Bible” on the magazine’s web site.  (Feel free to say thank you to those fine folks!)  The piece was … Continue reading »

What Can We Steal From Katie Chase’s “Man and Wife”?
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What Can We Steal From Katie Chase’s “Man and Wife”?

Title of Work and its Form: “Man and Wife,” short story Author: Katie Chase Date of Work: 2007 Where the Work Can Be Found: The story originally appeared in the Summer 2007 issue of The Missouri Review, one of the best journals for fiction.  TMR has been kind enough to post the story on their web site for … Continue reading »

What Can We Steal From Charles Baxter’s “Bravery”?
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What Can We Steal From Charles Baxter’s “Bravery”?

Title of Work and its Form: “Bravery,” short story Author: Charles Baxter Date of Work: 2012 Where the Work Can Be Found: The story debuted in the Winter 2012 issue of Tin House and was subsequently chosen for Best American Short Stories 2013. Bonuses: Here is an interview Mr. Baxter gave to Bookslut.  Here is what Karen Carlson … Continue reading »

What Can We Steal From Sheila Kohler’s “Magic Man”?
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What Can We Steal From Sheila Kohler’s “Magic Man”?

Title of Work and its Form: “Magic Man,” short story Author: Sheila Kohler (on Twitter @sheilakohler) Date of Work: 2012 Where the Work Can Be Found: The story debuted in the April 2012 issue of Yale Review.  Elizabeth Strout and Heidi Pitlor subsequently chose the piece for Best American Short Stories 2013. Bonuses: Here is the New York Times … Continue reading »

What Can We Steal From Michael Byers’s “Malaria”?
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What Can We Steal From Michael Byers’s “Malaria”?

Title of Work and its Form: “Malaria,” short story Author: Michael Byers (on Twitter @The MichaelByers) Date of Work: 2012 Where the Work Can Be Found: The story debuted in the Fall 2012 issue of Bellevue Literary Review.  The kind folks at the journal have made the story available online.  “Malaria” was subsequently selected for Best American Short … Continue reading »

What Can We Steal From Sarah Clayville’s “Seeming is Believing”?
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What Can We Steal From Sarah Clayville’s “Seeming is Believing”?

Title of Work and its Form: “Seeming is Believing,” short story Author: Sarah Clayville Date of Work: 2013 Where the Work Can Be Found: The piece made its debut in StoryChord, a very cool journal that presents short stories along with a complementary work of art and piece of music.  You can read the story here. Bonuses: Here … Continue reading »

What Can We Steal From M. Hannah Langhoff’s “The Things We Don’t Talk About”?
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What Can We Steal From M. Hannah Langhoff’s “The Things We Don’t Talk About”?

Title of Work and its Form: “The Things We Don’t Talk About,” short story Author: M. Hannah Langhoff Date of Work: 2014 Where the Work Can Be Found: The story made its debut in Relief: A Christian Literary Expression.  You can purchase the issue in print or digital form here. Bonuses: Here is an excerpt from a piece … Continue reading »