Deal Me In – Week 31 Wrap Up

 

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A busy week here at the Deal Me In 2014 Offices!

RANDOM SHORT STORY NEWS:

Latest on potential publication of “new” Salinger work: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jul/28/jd-salinger-stories-published-70-years-out-of-print

Have you heard of “Teffi?” I hadn’t. http://www.foyles.co.uk/Public/Biblio/Detail.aspx?blogId=1273

And we thought we were doing good to read 52 stories a year? How about 4,000?(!) http://lighthouseblog.org/2014/07/28/member-dispatch-heidi-pitlor-and-the-transcendent-american-short-story/

Are short stories “Literary palate-cleansers?” http://www.nj.com/entertainment/arts/index.ssf/2014/08/need_a_break_take_a_bite_out_of_nyc3.html

THIS WEEK’S DEAL ME IN POSTS

Another blogger is joining the Deal Me In challenge! Bellezza of Dolce Bellezza has created a list. Check out her intro post – and way cool picture – at http://www.dolcebellezza.net/2014/07/deal-me-in-challenge-better-late-than.html

James reads Grace Paley and Raymond Chandler and shares impressions on their stories, “Come On, Ye Sons of Art” and “No Crime in the Mountains” http://jamesreadsbooks.com/2014/07/28/raymond-chandler-vs-grace-paley/#comments

I read Gertrude Atherton’s “The Bell in the Fog” (Atherton was recommended to me by Paula of “Paula Cappa’s blog”) http://paulacappa.wordpress.com/ I haven’t finished my post yet ’cause I left my notes at the office Friday.

Dale enjoyed another Herman Melville story, this time tackling “The Encantadashttp://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/herman-melville-the-encantadas/

Randall posts about William Gay’s “Where Will You Go When Your Skin Cannot Contain You?” http://timeenuf.blogspot.com/2014/08/where-will-you-go-when-your-skin-cannot.html

Katherine’s David Copperfield anthologies continue to (finally) live up to her expectations, this week with Tad Williams’ story “The Stuff that Dreams are Made Ofhttp://katenread.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/deal-me-in-week-31-the-stuff-that-dreams-are-made-of/

Candiss is back and shares her thoughts on Tobias Wolff’s “Bullet in the Brain” http://readthegamut.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/deal-me-in-challenge-story-31-bullet-in-the-brain-by-tobias-wolff/ (This story is DMI2014’s fifth “twin,” as James also covered it in May; in case you missed it, his take is at http://jamesreadsbooks.com/2014/05/13/henry-james-vs-tobias-wolff-a-deal-me-in-short-story-chalenge/ )

Bellezza posts about “In a Grove” by Ryunosuke Akutagawa http://www.dolcebellezza.net/2014/08/in-grove-by-ryunosuke-akutagawa.html#.U97E7cu9KSM

I think that’s it for this week. Hope I didn’t miss anybody. (As always feel free to add an additional link in the comments). See you next time!

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3 Comments

  1. August 4, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I never thought of short stories as palette cleansers, but that’s exactly how I read them sometimes and also, when I’m just sort of fed up with the novels I’ve been reading. Thanks for sharing the link!

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    • Jay said,

      August 5, 2014 at 11:53 am

      I confess that I have also used short stories as literary palette cleansers, but I have also come to be a little protective of them when they are viewed as a “lesser” art form (I.e. one which could be used as “merely” a palate cleanser between more important reading). I admit this is because of my Deal Me In project, which I have come to enjoy as much as any other reading I do. What I’ve come to really appreciate is the concept of a “single sitting” read. Each short story is a separate “entertainment event” for me, AND it can fit into a busy schedule. 🙂

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  2. Bellezza said,

    August 4, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Jay, how kind of you to include my two efforts toward your wonderful challenge. I will need to mark my posts more clearly, I think, in the future. At any rate, what fun this is! Love how I’m learning more literature than ever with your assistance.

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