A Short Story For Saturday

A long excerpt from David Foster Wallace’s “The Depressed Person” (pdf), which first appeared in the January 1998 issue of Harper‘s: The feelings of shame and inadequacy the depressed person experienced about calling members of her Support System long-distance late at night and burdening them with her clumsy attempts to describe at least the contextual … Continue reading A Short Story For Saturday

A Short Story For Saturday

A passage from “Find the Bad Guy” by Jeffrey Eugenides: I remember going into people’s houses as a kid and thinking, Can’t they smell how they smell? Some houses were worse than others. The Pruitts next door had a greasy, chuck-wagon odor, tolerable enough. The Willots, who ran that fencing academy in their rec room, … Continue reading A Short Story For Saturday

A Short Story For Saturday

A reader writes: In addition to long-form journalism, I have to admit that I fantasize that one day the Dish will also support long-form fiction – not novels, which still get published in print books, and not short stories, which can get published in lit mags, but long short stories and novellas, which have a really hard … Continue reading A Short Story For Saturday

Flash Fiction, Ctd

Stuart Dybek, who recently published two new short story collections, discusses the hard-to-define genre: It makes sense the short form … lacks a sturdy name: It’s varied, shifting, and hard to define, and its parameters are continually up for debate. Flash fictions have a narrative quality that makes them different from classical prose poems; at … Continue reading Flash Fiction, Ctd