I know, I know. I dearly apologize for bringing this up over and over again. Yet, I’m morbidly fascinated with the notion of a literary form withering into a lonely death.
And I’m sorry for the misleading headline. The short story isn’t really dead to me, despite not having written a new one in around 2 years. I still love the form and have every intention of writing more stories. Yet, I have for all practical purposes given up the yearn to publish one. I don’t really read the lit magazines, so why should I want to be published in one? Doesn’t seem ethical on a certain level.
In any case, I bring all this up because I saw an interesting post on MediaBistro’s GalleyCat, “The Short Story’s Doing Fine. Deal With It.” Wherein, many anonymous emailers (you can’t leave comments on MediaBistro blogs) are basically asserting that the short story is, in fact, six feet under in their literary world. “Valid career” go the anonymous cries, as in you can’t have one writing short stories.
Maybe it’s because all our stories suck? Have you read a new short story that blew your mind recently? Please, for the sake of the form — and maybe as a side bonus you can help resuscitate own creative juices — if you have read a superb short story in the last year, leave a note in the comments.