Short Fiction is Alive and Well in Every Form

I have never been impressed by the perennial lamentations about the death of the novel, but I admit that I have had my doubts about the short story. First there's the disappearing marketplace, as fewer paying periodicals make space for short fiction. Then there's the issue of amateurism. Since stories are the bread and butter of writers' workshops, most published collections are made up of writing originally done for the classroom. It had seemed to me that the short story, which Faulkner considered the most demanding form after poetry, was turning into the Triple-A baseball of literature, where aspirants practice their...

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