Friday, August 18, 2006

Jackie Kay on the Short Story

Jackie Kay on the short story:

A short story is a small moment of belief. Hard, uncompromising, often bleak, the story does not make things easy for the reader. It is a tough form for tough times. If the novel sometimes spoon feeds the reader, the short story asks her to feed herself. A story asks the reader to continue it after it has finished or to begin it before it began. There is space for the reader to come in and imagine and create. There is space for the reader to think for ages, to mull the impact of a story over, to try and recover from it!

1 comment:

litlove said...

I like this description of the short story very much, and think it will be interesting to apply it, when it suits, to a story for A Curious Singularlity.