June 11, 2004

Sudden Fiction (Continued)
Edited by Robert Shapard and James Thomas
In Short: A Collection of Brief Creative Nonfiction
Edited by Judith Kitchen and Mary Paumier Jones

The Pleasures -- One of many pleasures provided by these two excellent collections is the variety of voices you encounter: Peter Meinke, Don DeLillo, Ursula Hegi, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Sherman Alexie, Reginald Gibbons, Cynthia Ozick and so on. Another is seeing so many writers attempt the “high wire” of prose writing: compression. Perhaps the most memorable pleasure is Glen Weldon’s bittersweet story, “The Cat Was Dead,” which should be required reading for all writing workshop students … and their beleaguered loved ones.

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