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“Cat Person” | The New Yorker
Margot met Robert on a Wednesday night toward the end of her fall semester. She was working behind the concession stand at the artsy movie theatre downtown when he came in and bought a large popcorn and a box of Red Vines.
fiction  shortfiction  shortstories  literature  kristenroupenian  catperson 
december 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Jeffrey Eugenides, Great American Novelist, Turns to the Story - The New York Times
In 1993, soon after the publication of Jeffrey Eugenides’s first novel, “The Virgin Suicides,” my sly and thoughtful high school English teacher handed me a copy. In those days, my knowledge of contemporary literature ended with “The Catcher in the Rye,” so Eugenides’s book came as a thunderclap.
jeffreyeugenides  nytimes  bookreview  books  literature  shortstories 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Childcare - The New Yorker
The cold came late that fall, and the songbirds were caught off guard. By the time the snow and wind began in earnest, too many had been suckered into staying, and instead of flying south, instead of already having flown south, they were huddled in people’s yards, their feathers puffed for some modicum of warmth. I was looking for a babysitting job. I was a student and needed money, so I would walk from interview to interview in these attractive but wintry neighborhoods, past the eerie multitudes of robins pecking at the frozen ground, dun gray and stricken—though what bird in the best of circumstances does not look a little stricken—until at last, late in my search, at the end of a week, startlingly, the birds had disappeared. I did not want to think about what had happened to them. Or, rather, that is an expression—of politeness, a false promise of delicacy—for in fact I wondered about them all the time: imagining them dead, in stunning heaps in some killing cornfield outside of town, or dropped from the sky in twos and threes for miles down along the Illinois state line.
lorriemoore  thenewyorker  fiction  literature  shortstories 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A Late — and Maybe Last — Collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘Lost’ Stories - The New York Times
In the heyday of mass-market “slick” magazines, a serious fiction writer actually had the option of selling out, but you had to have a knack for it.
bookreview  fscottfitzgerald  shortstories  shortstorycollections  books 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Book Review: The Pittsburgh Anthology
It distinguishes itself, however, is not in the sepia-tone renderings of the past or in the current Day-Glo glut of Yinzer boosterism. No, what editor Eric Boyd has chosen to do here is temper all of the Most Livable City rah-rah with essays, stories and poems of a grittier, more complex nature.
pittsburgh  thepittsburghanthology  pittsburghmagazine  literature  shortstories 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Lucia Berlin’s Roving, Rowdy Life Is Reflected in a Book of Her Stories
“In order to write about life, first you must live it.” That’s often attributed to Hemingway, and he would have applauded Lucia Berlin, who made fiction from her life and had a surplus of raw material.
nytimes  fiction  writers  writing  shortfiction  shortstories  luciaberlin 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden

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