>Winter of Different Directions, by Steven J. McDermott

>Today is the last day of Short Story Month. I didn’t even come close to reading the 20 books I…

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>LitMag Wave: The Sun, June 2007

>As we near the end of Short Story Month, it seems fitting that we return to Alex Mindt, whose story…

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>Spit Baths, by Greg Downs

>More Short Story Month: The stories in Greg Downs’s Spit Baths are filled with oddball characters and twisted relationships, often…

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>LitMag Wave: Short Story, No. 2, Spring 2007

>I mentioned here last week that I’d become aware of a new literary journal, Short Story. I now have in…

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>LitMag Wave: One Story No. 89

>With this story, One Story takes a dark turn. “The Wolf Story” by Irina Reyn is about Galya, the granddaughter…

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>The New Yorker: "Puppy" by George Saunders

>I’m not completely sold on this story told in alternating points of view of two women who at first seem…

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>LitMag Wave: Willow Springs

>Willow Springs No. 58 (Fall 2006) is not the most recent issue, but it’s the one I’ve got. I enjoyed…

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>How to Write a Short Story

>This isn’t an essay on craft. No conflict, rising action, denouement; no Freitag’s triangle; no character, setting, plot. This is…

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>LitMag Wave: One Story #88

>“Aerogrammes” by Tania James is about Hari Panicker, a widowed Indian immigrant in the U.S. whose son Sunit is in…

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>The New Yorker: "A Beneficiary" by Nadine Gordimer

>This isn’t one of my favorites. I like the language well enough and the protagonist Charlotte is interesting (if not…

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