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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Abracadabra, Story Be Gone!

Jordan Barber at Bygone Bureau has a provocative article about this week's hot LROD topic, entitled "The Disappearing Short Story." BTW, it features some thoughts on my beloved Flannery O'Connor's "A Temple of the Holy Ghost," another story that would neve be published today. (I even forgive Barber for spelling my hero's name wrong in his post.)


Anonymous said...

This is so wrong. You must be a miserable rejected would-be writer. Because the short story's not dead at all. In fact, it's doing great! Better than ever! More fantastic art is being written now than ever before in the history of the English language! More accredited writers have access to more venues than ever before, more books and magazines and being published for stories than ever before, and we are just drowning in opportunities for conferences and parties and teaching! I can't imagine a more fantastic lifestyle, and I am living it! But don't just take my anonymous word, o would-be one. You can read about it on Galley Cat. Feel stupid yet? Well I must be off -- got class in twenty minutes. Bye bye!

Anonymous said...

Wow. I looked at Galley Cat. The writer mentions four short story writers who make a living from their art. Four.

Oh yeah, sure there's more than four...but I'm not sure exactly how these few abberations change the facts: ya ain't gonna get paid for your stories. Not enough to live on.

Anonymous said...

Sorry for any offense WR. Didn't intend to be mean to Hempel and the others in my deleted comment but only wanted to point out to the above that it's not even four. I won't make a post like that again if it offends you.

Writer, Rejected said...

No offense taken. I do think that the Galley Cat article is way off base. It's like saying anyone can be a rock star because Mick Jagger is a rock star. Or something like that.