Thursday, August 26, 2004

may a hundred flowers bloom

in the NYT today, charles mcgrath writes about the new flourishing of variety in short fiction.


"...freed from the dictates of the marketplace, short stories these days are often less formulaic, less imitative than they used to be. There's no preferred style or mode anymore - even The New Yorker no longer publishes "the New Yorker short story" - and there are now dozens of different camps of short-fiction writing, all happily coexisting. Many of them are on display in "The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories," an anthology edited by Ben Marcus, who teaches in the graduate writing program at Columbia."

may a hundred flowers bloom, and may people actually stop to smell them!