Sunday, May 22, 2011

What is the modern short story like?

What a great encapsulation of the modern short story by David Edelstein!
A teacher of mine named Leo Rockas had a brilliant way of characterizing Chekhov: The author, he said, began by writing conventional narratives with twist endings and then, over time, lopped off the beginnings and twists, leaving only the suggestive essence—the model for the modern short story.

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