1. I remember the first time I was handed an anthology of short stories. I was in college and I was awe struck. Many of them were more thought provoking and finely crafted than the novels I’d been consuming since high school. I didn’t understand why they were tucked away in the ten pound book on the bottom shelf of the co-op’s dusty shelves but I loved them. They’re some of the only books I never sold back.

  2. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for shorts. It’s the first fiction I ever tried. They fit the writer I am better than novels. Even as a reader, I am more apt to pick up a collection than anything else. Short attention span…less patience. I don’t think people give shorts the respect they deserve because they are bite-size. So much of publishing is about superficiality…false respect for things that don’t deserve them. So much of it is about the appearance of this or that rather than actual realization of it.

  3. @Paula: you never forget your first, do you? Mine was Night Shift.

    @Alma: I think it’s the first fiction most people ever try. I mean, few people sit down at age 12 or 13 and plan to pound out a novel (okay, I did, but I’m like that). And your note on publishing/superficiality? Yeah.

  4. GOTHAMGIRL

    I thought you were gonna fix this though? Weren’t you going to go to Hollywood to market a cerial called “Will-Y-O’s” that would help by brain washing the public to read more? I mean here I am on the east coast selling “Honey Bunches of Helen” and Richard is in the mid-west selling “CAP’N COX.” How are we to brain wash all of America to read like their suppose to if your dilly daddleing?

    the short story will never die. Buying short stories might die though. Everyone who desires to read a short story can find them on the internet. Now, obviously the quality isn’t always there (I have read some X-men fanfics that would make you cry blood) but I beleive one day we will have a system better the five star or two kudo system. A web site desighner will figure out a inexpencise way to cut the crap out from the quallity and every one will flock to the site to read for free.

    Speaking of Amazon go here http://www.amazon.com/Entrekin-Name-History-Ancestry-com/dp/B000W14BAM/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1205731683&sr=1-5

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