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 »

What Can We Steal From Marcelle Thiébaux’s “Motoring”?
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What Can We Steal From Marcelle Thiébaux’s “Motoring”?

Title of Work and its Form: “Motoring,” short story Author: Marcelle Thiébaux (on Twitter @MarcelleThx) Date of Work: 2014 Where the Work Can Be Found: The piece can be found in the May 2014 issue of decomP, a cool online journal.  You can read the story here. Bonuses:  Ms. Thiébaux has done a fantastic job of making it easy for us … Continue reading »

What Can We Steal From Chad Simpson’s “About to Drop”?
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What Can We Steal From Chad Simpson’s “About to Drop”?

Title of Work and its Form: “About to Drop,” short story Author: Chad Simpson (on Twitter @sadchimpson) Date of Work: 2004 Where the Work Can Be Found:  The story made its debut in the Spring 2004 issue of Sycamore Review.  Mr. Simpson has been kind enough to republish the piece on his web site.  You can find … Continue reading »

What Can We Steal From Jim Shepard’s “Tedford and the Megalodon”?
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What Can We Steal From Jim Shepard’s “Tedford and the Megalodon”?

Title of Work and its Form: “Tedford and the Megalodon,” short story Author: Jim Shepard (Fan Twitter feed: @JimShepardfan) Date of Work: 2002 Where the Work Can Be Found:  The story made its debut in McSweeney’s Mammoth Treasure of Thrilling Tales, an anthology that began life as issue 10 of McSweeney’s.  (One of those publications that I call a “teenage crush” … Continue reading »

What Can We Steal From Neil Gaiman’s “Orange”?
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What Can We Steal From Neil Gaiman’s “Orange”?

Title of Work and its Form: “Orange,” short story Author: Neil Gaiman (on Twitter @neilhimself) Date of Work: 2010 Where the Work Can Be Found:  The piece debuted in the October 2010 issue of Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine.  The piece was subsequently included in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011.  (“Orange” can be found in a number of other anthologies, too.)  Mr. Gaiman … Continue reading »

An Open Letter of Thanks to Anthony Martin for “Up to St. Paul”
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An Open Letter of Thanks to Anthony Martin for “Up to St. Paul”

Dear  Anthony Martin: I am writing to thank you for your story “Up to St. Paul.”  (The fine folks at WhiskeyPaper did a great job with formatting the story for the Web, didn’t they?)  The story is a bit melancholy and bittersweet, but I like that.  As How I Met Your Mother and Clerks have taught us, life is … Continue reading »