Short Fiction

After years being lost in the desert of two screenplays I’ve recently started working on some short fiction pieces again.  It’s been really empowering to create original work with total control.  I find it closer to painting (creating an impression) than imagining what a movie will look like.  It also allows me to have a finished piece fairly quickly (a benefit in itself).  But it has also made me realize how much work goes into writing good fiction of any length.  There is a craftsmanship required and even reworking pieces that I thought were good when I originally wrote them has required an almost complete tear down and rebuild.  This has also brought me back to looking at some of my favorite collections of short stories.  Here are a few in no particular order:

  1. Last Evenings on Earth – Roberto Bolaño (pictured at his desk)
  2. Drown – Junot Diaz
  3. Jesus’ Son – Denis Johnson
  4. Cruising Paradise – Sam Shepard
  5. Girl With Curious Hair – David Foster Wallace
  6. Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned – Wells Tower
  7. Museums and Women – John Updike
  8. Assorted Fire Events – David Means
  9. Dusk – James Salter
  10. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love – Raymond Carver

And of course Ernest Hemingway – the True Master.  Snows of Kilimanjaro is probably the most notable but I think almost all of his short pieces are worth reading.

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One thought on “Short Fiction

  1. kh says:

    My favorite book of short stories is Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges. It’s absolutely stunning… in case you needed any more inspiration.

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