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The Short Story According to Joyce Carol Oates and Edgar Allan Poe

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I’m teaching a course in “Contemporary American Short Stories” this spring, and, in effort to understand what makes a good short story from the ground up, I’ve been reading quite a lot written by writers who are acknowledged masters of … Read more »

Donald Antrim and the Case of the Vanishing Epiphany

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Faithful readers of 317am know I’ve been on an epiphany kick lately. What got me started was reading a story in the New Yorker a month or so back (“Ever Since” by Donald Antrim), a story in which that essential … Read more »

“The Dead”: James Joyce on a Roll

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When a meme morphs across intellectual boundaries, the results can be unpredictable and extraordinarily powerful. In my previous post, “How James Joyce Reinvented the Epiphany and Saved the Short Story,” I told how the great Irish modernist borrowed a concept … Read more »

How James Joyce Reinvented the Epiphany and Saved the Short Story

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I’ve been working up a new course this spring in the contemporary short story. To get a sense of what makes for a good short story, I’ve gone back to ground zero – that is, I’ve been reading various acknowledged … Read more »

How To Write a Stay-Up-Late Story

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The other night I picked up my copy of The Best American Short Stories, 2010, edited by Richard Russo and Heidi Pitlor, and rather idly opened it to the first story – “Donkey Greedy, Donkey Gets Punched” by Steve Almond.  … Read more »

Ras: The Seven-Tips Version

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