What Can We Steal From Matt Carmichael’s “Buckle Up”?
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What Can We Steal From Matt Carmichael’s “Buckle Up”?

Title of Work and its Form: “Buckle Up,” short story Author:  Matt Carmichael (on Twitter @mttcarmichael) Date of Work: 2014 Where the Work Can Be Found: The story debuted in the September issue of Bartleby Snopes.  You can read the story here. Bonuses:  Here is a story Mr. Carmichael published in The Adirondack Review.  The gentleman has … Continue reading »

GWS BASS Flashback: Dan Chaon’s “Fitting Ends”
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GWS BASS Flashback: Dan Chaon’s “Fitting Ends”

Friends, there are about eleventy million great writers out there and eleventy trillion great stories.  There’s simply no way to keep up with every worthwhile work that comes out.  Still, we must have a working knowledge of what came before us if we’re going to break new literary ground.  That’s why I’m dipping into my … Continue reading »

What Can We Steal From Kate Folk’s “Islanders”?
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What Can We Steal From Kate Folk’s “Islanders”?

Title of Work and its Form: “Islanders,” short story Author: Kate Folk (on Twitter @katefolk) Date of Work: 2014 Where the Work Can Be Found: The story debuted in the Spring & Summer 2014 issue of PINBALL.  You can read the piece here. Bonuses: Here is a short short story Ms. Folk published in Neon.  Whoa…Ms. Folk had … Continue reading »

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 »