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12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

From the Adirondack Review

By Ken Brosky
Sometimes, I happen upon new fiction purely out of luck. In this case, I was double-checking my SPAM folder and noticed that for some reason, my mail system was dropping emails from Black Lawrence Press there instead of my Inbox. May that be lesson to you: keep an eye on that SPAM folder. Or don't. I don't care, really.  Here's a snippet of "The Average Human Heart" by Martin Law: ��I ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

So short, even the TV slobs can enjoy it

By Ken Brosky
How about some short-short fiction to peruse while you're waiting for your favorite porn and/or news site to fully load? Here's the first half of Chris Smith's 50-word fiction piece from Blink Ink: I dreamed I was Don Quixote, imagining and then fighting monstrosities to become the most gallant knight in the land. Click here to read the rest of it, courtesy of Blink Ink. There's no r...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

And she's got a new book out, too!

By Ken Brosky
In honor of Alice Munro's new short story collection, I though it might be nice to take a look at a recent short story from the New Yorker. I figure if you haven't tried reading her yet, this might be a good way to ease yourself in. Because she's a great writer, and her new collection is full of scandals, death adultery and other literary items that never go out of style. From "Dimension," by A...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

"Miss November" featured on American Short Fiction

By Ken Brosky
It's nice to occasionally read something that doesn't follow the traditional pattern for "story." That isn't to say seeing new and different approaches to fiction is always exciting, though, but sometimes a writer comes along with a special knack for tossing style on its head and really comes out a winner. From "Arizona," by Rachel Khong: �1. Where...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

From Prairie Schooner Literary Magazine

By Ken Brosky
I'm in the process of editing a bunch of new stuff I've been writing, and sometimes one of the best inspirations for trudging forward is to read some enjoyable fiction. Because you know something written well took a lot of work. From "Nothing Extra," by Marly Swick: � The next morning, while it was still dark out, she took a cab to the airport. It was a bleak hour, too much to ask o...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

At Boswell Books on Downer

By Ken Brosky
Tonight at Boswell Books, Lorrie Moore will be making an appearance. Not only is she a fantastic author, she just so happens to be part of Wisconsin. Here new book, A Gate at the Stairs, has gotten great reviews and I bet she'll stick around to sign copies tonight, too! Here's the info: Where: Boswell Books 2559 N. Downer Avenue at Webster Place When: Thursday, 7 p.m. ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

With fiction by Ashley Kaine

By Ken Brosky
I've taken a break from damaging my brain with copious amounts of Dragon Age to check out the progress of Cream City Review's new Web site, and it's looking fantastic. Easy to browse, lots of features and teasers for the issues, and a built-in blog with updates and other features that take advantage of the internet (like video, for instance!). Cream City Review is published by the creative writ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Published in Ploughshares, the literary journal

By Ken Brosky
I hadn't noticed before that Ploughshares Literary Journal was so generous with their past issues, but now that I know it, I'm going to have to spend a lot more time on their site. If I had to guess, I would say that they probably keep their most recent issue available only via print, but once it becomes a back-issue they put everything up online for interested visitors to check out. ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Read Melville's best short story for free

By Ken Brosky
I'm in the process of trudging through Moby-Dick, purely for the enjoyment of it (and yes, it turns out the story is quite enjoyable!), and I'm glad to see that Melville's signature writing style is at the forefront in this novel. My first experience with Melville was his short story "Bartleby the Scrivener," which surprised me at just how readable it really was. In fact, I'd say it's one of ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

One of the best midwestern publishers out there

By Ken Brosky
I think the first book I read from Milkweed Editions was Cracking India, a tale about a Pakistani girl growing up during the time when the British left India. In its wake: a mild amount of chaos, to say the least, and the eventual break-off of Pakistan into a Muslim state. It was a great book, and it was one of my first experiences with a book published by a publisher whose home location wasn't Ne...

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