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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

When Less is More

I like flash fiction. I like writing it; I like reading it. I really admire writers who can pack a story into a small space and let it uncoil like a jack in the box.  The famous one, of course, is Hemingway's six-word story:  For sale, baby shoes, never worn.
As I was posting my entry on ShortStory365 today, I was thinking about writers who can pull off the really, really short story. Chris Rhatigan showcased Thomas Pluck's "Faggot" a couple of days ago on SS365 and if you haven't read it, you need to. In fewer than 100 words, he'll take your breath away. Here's the link to the story on Shotgun Honey.
Thinking about short-shorts sent me searching for Somerset Maugham's "The Appointment in Samarra," which I remembered being short. I'd forgotten how short. It's 198 indelible words. Find it here.

I'm in awe.


  1. Katherine, thank you very much for spreading the word about that little story. It's affected a lot of people, and I appreciate your comments.

  2. Patti--
    I haven't read the O'Hara novel, but I knew there was a connection...because in my head, O'Hara had written the short story.

    For some reason that story really caught my imagination as a kid.