Recently, the innovative literary magazine One-Story launched a campaign to “Save the Short Story.” As the essay below suggests, we at The Millions found this effort admirable, and also puzzling. Is “the short story” even a single thing? And, if so, does it need saving? On both questions, the evidence seems mixed. We can agree, however, that short stories seem to have lost some of their prominence in the popular imagination. Mainstream book coverage tends to track the agendas of the publishing industry; those agendas, in turn, tend to be driven by coverage. With our “Short Story Week,” we aim to subvert the cycle. Between now and Friday, we hope
- to revisit the work of living masters,
- to celebrate the writers who paved their way,
- to talk a bit about teaching the short story, and writing it,
- to link to interesting short-story sites and periodicals
- to provide a selective bibliography of our favorite story collections,
- and, as always, to hear from you.
In short: we hope you enjoy it. We’ll be linking to the week’s installments below.
- Inter Alia #8: Whither the Short Story?
- On Brevity
- Expat Laureate: Paul Bowles’s Too Far From Home
- The Elusive Thread of Memory: The Displaced World of Mavis Gallant
- Adventures in Consciousness: A Review of Deborah Eisenberg’s Under the 82nd Airborne
- Some Recommended Short Fiction
- Anthologies Evolved
- And May We Also Recommend
- Short Story Week Links
- On Our Shelves: 45 Favorite Short Story Collections