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Beautiful essay on The Millions site by writer Josh Rolnick, whose debut collection Pulp and Paper comes out this fall. I began to resent what seemed to me the unprovable premise that there existed any useful structure or scheme of ascendable rungs whose rule was that my stories weren’t good enough at first but might be better […]


I had been waiting for my first issue of One Story for several weeks, and when it arrived yesterday, it did not disappoint. The one story in it was James Zwerneman’s “Horse and Rider Thrown into the Sea,” a vivid portrait of a single mother’s life on the island of Grenada (pictured) in the late […]


Tobias Wolff at Edinburgh

August 30, 2011


The Guardian‘s Xan Brooks interviewed the short story titan at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last week. Of Ernest Hemingway, Wolff said, “He’s such a dominant figure in American literature; you can’t ignore him. He’s papa, the great father, and you find that you either have to revere him or kill him. But the work is […]


In its continuing series “A Brief Survey of the Short Story,” The Guardian discussed last week the work of Polish poet and author Tadeusz Borowski. Borowski was arrested by the Gestapo in 1942, spent two years in Auschwitz as a kapo, “a non-Jewish inmate who works, schemes and exploits to survive amid daily slaughter.”  Borowski […]