Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Short stories and photographs

  'Isn’t it odd how much more one sees in a photograph than in real life?' [said Virginia Woolf] This gives us, I think, a clue to the enduring power and appeal of the short story – short stories are snapshots of the human condition and of human nature, and when they work well, and work on us, we are given the rare chance to see in them more 'than in real life.' ”

-          William Boyd from his essay A Short story of the Short Story

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Is this a new short story age?

“Short stories are not an especially easy read. Because of their intensity, they can be quite demanding. But the age of text-messaging may well be disposed towards short concentrated bursts.”