a very short story
The lion without hurting him goes away.
One should help others in need, we get the rewards of our helpful acts in return.
When I first heard Deb Olin Unferth read, I was so desperate to write down what she’d said that I scribbled her phrases on my own pants in eyeliner. This piece, originally published in NOON, is one of my favorites of hers, and a very fine commentary on the plight of the “unlikeable” woman.
I encountered this story—which is about Taylor Swift clones—when it won the Gulf Coast Barthelme Prize a couple of years ago. The judge was Steve Almond, who wrote, “I tried quite hard to resist choosing “Taylor Swift” as the winner of this year’s Barthelme Award. Why? Because all the stories I received were worthy and many were more technically ambitious when it came to language and form, by which I guess I mean experimental. . . . But what the hell. In the end, I just wanted to read this thing again and again.” Which is exactly right. Whatever you think of the actual Taylor Swift, this story is just plain fun.
“The Irresistible Fiction course is going well. I see why it’s a bestseller. I can’t wait for the next email.”
Now, let’s talk about how to get all of this done ultra-fast and have it still be satisfying.
“Alright. But why are our eyelashes so long?” “To protect our eyes from the desert dust and sand. They are the protective covers for the eyes”, replied the mother camel.
The lying traveler didn’t know what to do and went away quietly.
“A Very Short Story” by Ernest Hemingway is about the love affair of an ordinary soldier ”he” and an Italian nurse “Luz” during a war (which is probably WWI); and how they disintegrate after the war, how their relationship ends. Although the text is really short, it contains a lot of events.
Separation : The beginning of the end : He mustgo back to the war (1st point), so they go to pray for their future, probably because of the possibility that he might die. They wish to be married but it’s impossible because of the war and also because of their different nationalities : that’s the 2nd point of the separation. 3rd point of the desintegration : The problem of marriage is a conflict between man & society. It is obvious that theyfeel restricted without a mariage certificate even if they love each other passionately.
The author chose the wartime for the story because the war is a struggle: a struggle not only between the countries, but also in the minds of characters. In the other time, everything might be different and probably better. Hence, it appears that the theme of the story, where actions take place in the peacetime, would differ from the one, where actions take place during the war.
The falling of events is perfectly seen in the last section. “The major did not marry her in the spring, or any other time. Luz never got an answer to the letter to Chicago about it. A short time after he contracted gonorrhea from a sales girl in a loop department store while riding in a taxicab through Lincoln Park”. It looks like a direct completion, but it is not. The denouement is following: the main characters are decayed; the war has affected their lives deeply and irreversibly.
Fredric Brown wrote dozens of weird and wonderful sci-fi stories, most of them clocking in at just a few paragraphs. One of his best known stories has got to be “The Answer,” which takes about one minute to read, but is guaranteed to make you afraid of computers for the rest of your life.
Is there anything better than settling down for a languid afternoon of reading your favorite novel cover to cover, perhaps on a park bench or in a field of delightful flowers? No, there isn’t. But do you have time to read an entire novel in a field these days? No, you probably don’t. Whether you’re juggling work or school or some unholy combination of the two, there’s a good chance that you have nasty things like “responsibilities” and “obligations” to take care of. But even if you don’t have the time, you can still have the satisfaction of reading something start to finish if you read short fiction. I found the best short stories on the internet that you can read in just ten minutes. (Of course, if you do have the time, you should cherish them, re-read them, talk about them, think about them.)
The debut book from Machado explores the various violences inflicted in women’s bodies, her writing walking a tightrope between the erotic and horrific, the amusing and the macabre. In ‘The Husband Stitch’ she explores the body-wrenching pain of labour and the joke of men asking the surgeon for an extra stitch when putting their wife back together, while ‘Eight Bites’ digs into the fairytale promises of weight-loss transformation.
Here we round up 20 classic and modern short story collections that should be on everyone’s radar, whether you’re looking to get more into the form or discover some hidden gems.
whorl. Help! I’m caught in a time
– Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel
K.I.A. Baghdad, Aged 18 – Closed Casket
– Richard K. Morgan
So what’s the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan?
Can you think of any other plural nouns that are formed in the same way?