July 2016


Reading John Cheever’s “The Swimmer” by Charles May may-on-the-short-story.blogspot.com Two of John Cheever’s best known early stories, “Torch Song” and “The Enormous Radio,” are outright fantasies. Later stories, such as “O Youth and Beauty” and “The Country Husband,” are more realistic treatments of middle-aged men trying to hold on to youth and some meaningful place in[…]

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Bookmarked: Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five By Curtis Smith The Bookmarked series is a new line of books from IG Publishing in which lesser-known authors meditate on the impact that various works of literature by better-known authors have had an impact on their lives. Tackling Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five in the second volume of the series, Curtis Smith[…]

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veryshortfiction.com Featured in June/July 2016 Issue: Short Stories Caught myself thinking life was not so bad. I’m sitting on a plane wearing silk shorts instead of pants. I have a tinfoil helmet on, with the eyes cut out. Some green slippers from Bali. None of this is illegal. Either that, or no one in the[…]

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About the Book: This bracing, intelligent debut tackles the strangeness of growing up, the joys and difficulties of breaking away from family, and our sometime absurd or downright dangerous rites of passage. The girls and women in these stories come up against the rules and roles that give shape to their worlds. As marriages are[…]

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Soft Skull Press http://softskull.com “Tara Ison’s stories locate the pleasure in pain, the victory in betrayal, the beauty in depravity—they walk the line between love and debasement.” —Sarah Gerard, author of Binary Star Shelf Unbound: What’s the starting point for your stories, such as the title story in which a woman sets strict emotional boundaries[…]

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