yes, and this is brilliant: the short story defined

Friday, February 17, 2012

"A short story is by definition an odder, more eccentric creature than a novel: a trailer, a fling, a warm-up act, a bouillon cube, a championship game in one inning. Irresolution and ambiguity become it; it’s a first date rather than a marriage. When is it mightier than the novel? When its elisions speak as loudly as its lines." — Stacy Schiff in the New York Times Book Review review of Nathan Englander's story collection, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank.


5 comments:

Sandy Cody said...

Perfect defination - and appropriately short. BTW, I'm in Doylestown, PA, sort of your neighbor.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

A bullion cube -- love this!

Michael G-G said...

I'm with Caroline. The bouillon cube gave my heart a little leap. (Must be craving soup.)

aquafortis said...

I loved the bouillon cube, too! Wonderful and appropriately pithy definition. :)

Serena said...

this collection is on my radar. And Bullion Cube is such a great way to describe the power of a short story...think of all that bottled up flavor.

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