From Debris Whenever someone suggests that the writing in a story, novel, or film script resembles recorded speech, one can be reasonably assured the product in question is the work of a consummate stylist. Actual speech transcribed verbatim would be
From The Best American Noir of the Century “The thrill of noir,” writes James Ellroy in the introduction to The Best American Noir of the Century, “is the rush of moral forfeit and the abandonment to titillation.” It’s a doom-saturated
From Going to Meet the Man America was forged in the cauldron of racism. From chattel slavery to Jim Crow, from the Dred Scott case to the doctrine of separate but equal; from Emmett Till to Martin Luther King Jr.,
31 Days of Stories 2018, Day 10: “The Encyclopedia of the Dead” by Danilo Kis; Michael Henry Heim, trans.
From The Encyclopedia of the Dead There’s a lovely sequence in Wayne Wang and Paul Auster’s 1995 film Smoke in which Auggie Wren (played by Harvey Keitel) shows the writer Paul Benjamin (played by William Hurt) a series of photo
From The Doll’s Alphabet The stories in Camilla Grudova’s startling and strange debut collection have been described (by her Canadian publisher) as a steampunk variation on Sheila Heti’s The Middle Stories. Many critics have noted the affinity Grudova shares with
31 Days of Stories, Day 8: “The Debutante” by Leonora Carrington; Katherine Talbot with Marina Warner, trans.
From The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington Like all the great surrealists – from Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel to David Lynch – Leonora Carrington’s work evinces a dreamlike quality. Attempting to apply conventional logic to the material is fruitless
From The Best of Richard Matheson Steven Spielberg’s first full-length standalone feature – 1971’s Duel – anticipates his 1977 blockbuster Jaws in its story of a regular man menaced by a relentless, inhuman antagonist. Both were based on literary antecedents
From A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories “Although people talk, as though it were a new thing, about the form of fiction known in France as auto-fiction (“self-fiction”),” writes Lydia Davis in the foreword to A Manual for Cleaning
From A Life of Adventure and Delight It’s difficult to decide how to categorize “Cosmopolitan,” the opening story from Akhil Sharma’s lambent 2017 collection A Life of Adventure and Delight. Tragicomedy comes to mind, though no one dies in the
From The Melancholy of Anatomy Illness is an inescapable facet of the human condition; it’s not surprising that it is also an evergreen subject for fiction writers. Victorian novelists and authors of gothic tales focused, almost to the point of