Share the madness of Short Story Month

Begin on Readwave with Charles E. May’s three-minute memoir about falling in love with stories as a child in the 1940s. He says:

For forty years in university classrooms I tried to “infect” others with my obsession. I retired seven years ago and for the past five years, I have continued my shameless efforts by writing a blog, Reading the Short Story, in which I share the madness that began in that wintery little house on a mountainside in Eastern Kentucky so many years ago. I invite you to join me.

Yes, do join May, whom you may know as the author of several textbooks on the short story. This month, he’s been blogging about Alice Munro, Grace Paley, Eudora Welty, William Trevor, and other masters of the form.

Don’t you think short stories about insanity are the most memorable? Why?

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Photo courtesy of Taylor Leopold

2 Replies to “Share the madness of Short Story Month”

  1. For me, the most memorable stories are not about one element, such as insanity. The best stories often do have some quirkiness or specificity, so oddly real that they break free of their fiction status.

  2. Yes, Marsha. That’s right. They say it’s easier to tell the truth in fiction. Striking out the elements that don’t help to tell the story or the truth of the matter is an objective when revising a work of fiction. Actually, it’s not easier. It’s a lot of work.

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