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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 […]


Voice of America‘s web site last week posted O. Henry’s short story “One Thousand Dollars” along with an mp3 recording to help English learners. Not only are they able to hear the words pronounced as they read them, they also may look up definitions in the Merriam-Webster dictionary by clicking on any word in the […]


One of 2011′s Pushcart Prize winners, “Crossing” was nominated by the Paris Review, where it first appeared in Fall 2009. The site continues to provides the complete text for free. “Crossing” is the story of fathers and sons, of nature and the manly need to conquer it, and of the paternal need to pass that […]


Today’s story appears in the Fall 2010 issue of The Chattahoochee Review. “Leaving Paraiso” by Tanya Rey chronicles four hours in the life of Manny Santiago, who lives with his Alzheimer’s-afflicted abuela in the Paraiso Apartments near Miami. At 6:00 a.m., a construction worker falls from Manny’s apartment building, attracting paramedics, police officers and a […]


Shannon Cain’s “The Steam Room” is the second story mentioned in these pages from the Spring 2011 issue of American Short Fiction. The first is here. Ms. Cain’s stories have been awarded the Pushcart Prize, the O. Henry Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her debut short story collection will […]

Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Egan, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, published a short story last month disguised as a to-do list. Called, appropriately, “To Do,” it is published in its entirety (for free) on The Guardian‘s web site. Egan has experimented with form for years; Goon Squad itself featured a section told […]


The Fall 2010 issue of Crab Orchard Review features a story by relatively obscure (at least as far as I have been able to discover) author R.E. Hayes. The tale involves Gil and Elaine Warren, a professional couple in a western Chicago suburb and their 11-year-old daughter Jillian. Told from Elaine’s point of view, the story […]