This week (17th-23rd November) is National Short Story Week
The aims of which include:
to get more people reading and listening to short stories
to get more people writing short stories
I recently enjoyed reading Zoe Gilbertís post addressing the question ĎAre writers the only - or the best- readers of short stories?í
and loved this analogy:
'all really good short stories, even ascetic, simple, realist ones, should be treated like rich desserts, to be pondered over and definitely not followed by every other pudding on the menu. Otherwise, all those complex flavours are lost.'
Her conclusion was that:
'You donít have to be a writer to enjoy great short stories. I think you just have to understand what they are. '
I will definitely read some short stories this week. Looking at my bookshelves, I only have a few contemporary short story collections. These can be seen on my Pinterest (pathstothepast) board ĎShort story collections - readí
So I just need to decide whether to go back to those stories Iím familiar with, or try some classic short stories instead. Maybe by F. Scott Fitzgerald (hence the image of the dustjacket for ĎTales of the Jazz Ageí at the top of this post) or Anthony Trollope or Thomas HardyÖ.
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