There is something I keep wanting to say about reading short stories.  I am doing it now, because I may never have another occasion.  Stories are not chapters of novels.  They should not be read one after another, as if they were meant to follow along.  Read one.  Shut the book.  Read something else.  Come back later.  Stories can wait.

…Mavis Gallant, from the afterword to Paris Stories.  My gratitude to eagle-eyed Condalmo reader Drew for putting me on the right track. 

Mavis, of course, says it much better than I did, with my writing about buffet restaurants or whatever it was I wrote. 


2 Replies to “Afterwords.”

  1. Excellent advice. It’s only been since I stopped trying to read short story collections from cover to cover that I’ve actually started to appreciate the form.

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