Deal Me In – Week 31 Wrap Up



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


Latest on potential publication of “new” Salinger work:

Have you heard of “Teffi?” I hadn’t.

And we thought we were doing good to read 52 stories a year? How about 4,000?(!)

Are short stories “Literary palate-cleansers?”


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

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”

I read Gertrude Atherton’s “The Bell in the Fog” (Atherton was recommended to me by Paula of “Paula Cappa’s blog”) 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 Encantadas

Randall posts about William Gay’s “Where Will You Go When Your Skin Cannot Contain You?”

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 Of

Candiss is back and shares her thoughts on Tobias Wolff’s “Bullet in the Brain” (This story is DMI2014’s fifth “twin,” as James also covered it in May; in case you missed it, his take is at )

Bellezza posts about “In a Grove” by Ryunosuke Akutagawa

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!


  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!


    • 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. 🙂


  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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