Monday, April 6, 2009

'Brevity's Pull'

This was in the Sunday NYT. It's a thought provoking read about the resurgence of the short story. Brevity can get dumped on at times (just think of all the Twitter jokes you've heard), but almost all our greatest novelists excelled at it.

The best parts of this NYT review are at the end. It recognizes changes that are going on in our industry and the publishing world but manages to find a bright spot in it.

Here's my favorite line:

The death of the novel is yesterday’s news. The death of print may be tomorrow’s headline. But the great American short story is still being written, and awaits its readers.