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Boyd on the Short Story

William Boyd on the Short Story

I have deeper thoughts on this essay, but suffice for now to point out that the web has rejuvenated interest in short stories and shorter forms. All is not lost, especially for writers whose work is not copyrighted or has fallen out of the public domain. Bloggers like Mary Anne Mohanraj, Selena Jardine, Kenneth Champeon, Maud Newton, Raspil Iverson (to name only a few I cheerlead for), have started putting stories online in the hopes of gaining an audience. (I’ve done it too, but for now, everything goes under a pseudonym). Amazingly, the New Yorker is even releasing a few of their short stories into the wild as well.

I keep buying novels, but I read fewer and fewer of them.

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