please link a story you came across online that you think should be shared. Not your own, obviously.
More of a flash creative non-fiction thing, worth the little time it asks. At least read #6.
Great thread Nick.
One writer that's perplexed me for a while in John Haskell. His stories are very unique, odd little things--interestingly with the Amy Hempel post above I'm tempted to say the two share a basic narrative sense: less a story being shown to you than an idea being explored, a narrator's mind being exposed.
His website has a handful of stories: http://johnhaskell.home.mindspring.com/misc.html
I'd recommend reading "Cole Porter" first to get a sense of his writing:
"Meditation" is also interesting. "Lost" and "Are You Ready" I didn't really care for. Also a choose your own adventure essay/story involving Psycho that's quite strange.
"Laika's Dream" is a great listen (maybe 10 minutes) if you get a chance:
Laika was part of longer story, "Good World," which I think is by far his best work, but didn't see it online. It was from Best Nonrequired Reading 2004 if you ever run across it.
Sam Lipsyte, The Naturals at The New Yorker.
John Ruemmler, Conjugation at Shenandoah.
Mike Young, Susan White and the Summer of the Game Show at Atticus Review.
It's really a nice thought to have shared some good short pieces here. I have some nicely written short stories as I found them in the below online source:
There are both free and paid short stories, you can leave that paid one, but just reat the free tagged stories and I'm sure at least one story will impress you as it did to me.
Also, I'm going to read the above short stories suggested by the members. Thanks for this nice idea for a thread :)
Willowbird Press is accepting submissions for thei Spring Short Fiction Contest!
Entry is free!
Topic: Homelessness or Running Away
Word Count: 1,500-10,000
The contents of her stomach at Cease Cows
and pretty much everything else written by Chelsea Laine Wells.
Read 'The Naturals'. Good solid writing. I want to read more of Sam Lipsyte.
Sam Lipsyte needs more attention I think. I'd heard his name but never read him, then chanced across a copy of his collection The Fun Parts and was floored. Fans of Saunders should definitely check him out--similar humors and oddity, but I think Lipsyte (from what I've read) is a lot grittier, less tidy. Even the stories that I didn't like as much were well worth reading.
Ask and receive:
http://lithub.com/oscar-wilde-was-gay-and-other-revelations/ (a brief interview with Lipsyte)
Mine & Certain Riddances by Gary Lutz