Deal Me In – Week 40 Wrap Up

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A lot of great stories and posts this week. Check out the links below.

Candiss is back, and with a “doubleheader” covering Ursula K. LeGuin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” and Anton Chekhov’s “Gooseberries” http://readthegamut.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/deal-me-in-challenge-stories-39-40-an-unexpected-relationship-between-chekhov-and-le-guin/

Dale brings us Dorothy Parker’s “The Waltz” http://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/dorothy-parker-the-waltz/

It’s the Ace of Spades at Time Enough at Last which means Randall shares with us “February 1999: Ylla” by Ray Bradbury http://timeenuf.blogspot.com/2014/10/february-1999-ylla-by-ray-bradbury.html

Katherine drew the King of Clubs and reviews “A Cascade of Lies” by Steve Rasnic Tem http://katenread.wordpress.com/2014/10/04/deal-me-in-week-40-a-cascade-of-lies/

At two stories a “pop”, James is down to just four cards in his deck after reading Grace Paley’s “In Time Which Made a Monkey of us All” and “A Prince of Thirteen Days” by Ayala Dawn Johnson http://jamesreadsbooks.com/2014/10/05/grace-paley-vs-alaya-dawn-johnson/

My story was so short, I almost felt like I had the week off, but Kate Chopin’s “Story of an Hour” was, pound for pound, one of the best I’ve read recently. https://bibliophilica.wordpress.com/2014/10/04/kate-chopins-story-of-an-hour/

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!

Deal Me In – Week 24 Wrap Up

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I’m way behind schedule in posting this, but here are links to new posts by all the Deal Me In’ers since the last wrap-up. We’re almost at the midway point of the challenge! Note: for week 26, I’m working on a kind of “survey” about the challenge. I hope you’ll consider participating by answering a few questions, via which I hope to make improvements for DMI 2015 next year…

Dale wrote about Herman Melville’s “The Piazza” at http://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/herman-melville-the-piazza/

I wrote about Maxim Gorky’s “Her Lover” at https://bibliophilica.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/her-lover-by-maxim-gorky/

James posted about a couple stories, Grace Paley’s “The Pale Pink Roast” and Tim Pratt’s “Our Stars, Ourselves” from the Welcome to Bordertown anthology: http://jamesreadsbooks.com/2014/06/10/state-history-short-stories-and-a-little-sex-or-one-of-those-catch-up-posts-with-lots-of-short-reviews/

Candiss writes about Amy Bloom’s “Silver Water” at http://readthegamut.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/deal-me-in-challenge-story-24-silver-water-by-amy-bloom/

Returning Reader read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “The Arrangers of Marriage” http://returningreader.wordpress.com/2014/06/17/short-story-24-the-arrangers-of-marriage-chimamanda-ngozi-adichie/

Katherine tackles a classic, Edgar Allan Poe’s. “The Purloined Letterhttp://katenread.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/deal-me-in-week-24-the-purloined-letter/

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Deal Me In – Week 22 Wrap Up

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It was a busy week for the DMI2014 group! Below are links to the nine stories (and counting!) our group has blogged about since the last update. Happy reading!

JamesReadsBooks posted about Tobias Wolff’s “The Other Miller” and Grace Paley’s “In this country, But in Another Language, My Aunt Refuses to Marry the Men Everyone Wants Her To.” (That second title’s a mouthful, eh?)
http://jamesreadsbooks.com/2014/05/27/tobias-wolff-is-sicker-than-grace-paley-a-deal-me-in-short-story-challenge-2/

Dale read George MacDonald’s “The Gifts of the Child Christ” http://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/george-macdonald-the-gifts-of-the-child-christ/

Katherine Read Dave Wolverton’s “In the Teeth of Glory” and links to another card trick video you don’t want to miss! http://katenread.wordpress.com/2014/06/01/deal-me-in-week-22-in-the-teeth-of-glory/

I went back to Mother Russia for Alexander Kuprin’s “The Outrage – A True Story” https://bibliophilica.wordpress.com/2014/06/01/story-22-the-outrage-a-true-story-by-alexander-kuprin/

Candiss and Returning Reader are both in “catch-up mode” and are sharing several stories this week. Candiss’s will all be in one post at http://readthegamut.wordpress.com/2014/06/01/deal-me-in-challenge-story-22-the-ransom-of-red-chief-by-o-henry-plus-3-more/ starting with O. Henry’s “The Ransom of Red Chief

Returning Reader’s stories are as follows:
The Vladimir Nabokov classic, “Signs and Symbolshttp://returningreader.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/short-story-19-signs-and-symbols-vladimir-nabokov/

Aminatta Forna’s Hayward’s Heath” http://returningreader.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/short-story-20-haywards-heath-aminatta-forna/

And Abdulrazak Gurnah’s “Cages” http://returningreader.wordpress.com/2014/06/01/short-story-21-cages-abdulrazak-gurnah/

There. That should keep you busy for awhile! :-). As always try to take a moment to visit/comment/like the blog posts of your fellow DMI participants as you see fit.

And what about you other readers who are not “officially” part of the Deal Me In Short Story reading challenge? Did you discover any new stories this week that you’d like to recommend? We’d love to hear about them… 🙂

Deal Me In – Week 18 Wrap Up

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Below are links to new posts this week. The blogs of a couple of our regular participants have been quiet in recent weeks, but for now I’m assuming they’re on holiday and will return with several short stories to share. 🙂 In other news, we’ve “inspired” one blogger to launch her own variant of Deal Me In – check out Julianna’s blog “Cedar Station” at  and her own DMI line-up at http://cedarstation.wordpress.com/reading-roulette/

Also, thanks to May being National Short Story Month, DMI got some recognition courtesy of C.A. LaRue and her blog, Bonespark. Check out her post at https://bonesparkblog.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/selections-for-short-story-month/ where she provides links to some great recommended stories.

It’s always nice to discover other blogs that are “Friends of the Short Story,” and I hope you take a moment to visit them if you have the time.

Dale encountered a short story by Kurt Vonnegut: “Mnemonics” http://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/kurt-vonnegut-mnemonics/

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Katherine visits “The Barnum Museum” gaining her ticket from author Steven Millhauser – http://katenread.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/deal-me-in-week-18-the-barnum-museum/

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James brings us another unlikely pairing with stories by Grace Paley (pictured below) and Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche and explores their stories “Enormous Changes at the Last Minute” and “The Thing Around Your Neck,” respectively. http://jamesreadsbooks.com/2014/04/29/grace-paley-vs-chimamanda-ngozi-adiche-a-deal-me-in-short-story-challenge/

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Candiss at Read the Gamut read the Roald Dahl story “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar.” http://readthegamut.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/deal-me-in-challenge-story-18-the-wonderful-story-of-henry-sugar-by-roald-dahl/

I’m still playing catchup, with pending posts on Ray Bradbury’s “All Summer in a Day” and the Anton Chekhov classic, “The Black Monk.” Hope to have them up soon. 😉

See you all next week!

Deal Me In – Week 15 Wrap Up

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Below are links to the stories I found that are new since last week’s wrap up post. If I’ve missed one, or if you finished after my publishing this, you may share a link in the comments and/or I will include it next week. Until then, happy reading!

Oh, and as always I encourage everyone to read each other’s posts, leaving a comment or “some other evidence” of your visit. 🙂

James read Haruki Murakami and Grace Paley: “A Perfect Day for Kangaroos” and “Zagrowsky Tells“, respectively. http://jamesreadsbooks.com/2014/04/07/grace-paley-meet-haruki-murakami-a-deal-me-in-short-story-challenge/

Dale read his four of spades entry, “Kaleidoscope” in Ray Bradbury’s classic collection, The Illustrated Man: http://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/ray-bradbury-kaleidoscope/

Returning Reader’s nine of clubs was Dambuzdo Marechera’s story, “Oxford Black Oxfordhttp://returningreader.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/short-story-15-oxford-black-oxford-dambuzdo-marechera/

My ten of diamonds led me from Transylvania to the Indian Ocean as I read Fredrick Marryat’s “The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountainshttps://bibliophilica.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/the-white-wolf-of-the-hartz-mountains-by-frederick-marryat/

Katherine presents another “magical” post, featuring “Disillusion” by Edward Bryant http://katenread.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/deal-me-in-week-15-disillusion/

Hanne drew “Richard Wagner’s two of hearts” (from what has become my new favorite novelty deck of cards) and read the Louise Eldrich story, “Love Snares.” http://readingoncloud9.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/love-snares-by-louise-erdrich/

If you’re looking for some extracurricular short story reading and are a fan of dystopian literature, check out my preceding post about the anthology, “Perfect Flaw.”

Deal Me In – Week 12 Wrap Up

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First, how about a Short Story QOTW?
Haruki Murakami: “My short stories are like soft shadows I’ve set out in the world, faint footprints I’ve left behind.”

Below are links to all the posts I saw as of the time of this writing. If there’s one I missed, feel free to link in the comments to this post. As always, I encourage everyone to visit and read the posts of your fellow participants, leaving a comment if you wish.

Hanne five of spades (Napoleon!) led her to share the William Trevor story “On the Sreets” http://readingoncloud9.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/week-11-on-the-streets-by-william-trevor/

James takes a break from connecting his stories – or does he? – with Isak Dinesen’s “The Fish” and Grace Paley’s “The Long Distance Runner” http://jamesreadsbooks.com/2014/03/17/grace-paley-vs-isak-dinesen/

Dale’s three of spades treated us to Ray Bradbury’s tale “Long After Midnight” http://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/ray-bradbury-long-after-midnight/

Returning Reader’s King of Clubs yielded another story from the Granta Book of the African Short Story, Camara Laye’s “The Eyes of the Statue” http://returningreader.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/short-story-12-the-eyes-of-the-statue-camara-laye/

Katherine at The Writerly Reader joins the mind of Edgar Allen Poe in his story/essay “Maelzel’s Chess Player,” about a chess-playing automaton that was a touring sensation for many years. And she also shares another video with us. http://katenread.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/deal-me-in-week-12-maelzels-chess-player/

(below: “The Turk”, a.k.a. Maelzel’s Chess Player)

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Candiss drew the three of hearts and so offers us a seat at “a banquet for the open mind” with Jorge Luis Borges’ “The Library of Babel” http://readthegamut.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/deal-me-in-challenge-story-12-the-library-of-babel-by-jorge-luis-borges/

Hanne’s second (week 12) story was Margaret Atwood’s “Stone Mattress” http://readingoncloud9.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/week-12-stone-mattress-by-margaret-atwood/

For my part, I took the train to Ottignies when my four of hearts led me to “From Brussels to Ottignies” by Monica Westeren. https://bibliophilica.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/from-brussels-south-to-ottignies-by-monica-westeren/

See you all next week!

Deal Me In – Week 11 Wrap Up

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We had a full house at DMI2014 this week. If you throw out (er, I guess I mean “discard”) my seven of clubs, we’re “jacks full” of eights. Although, we might not have left the table in one piece if this were a real poker game – two of our jacks were the jack of clubs. Try explaining THAT while raking in your winnings. 🙂

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Anyway, on to the stories. Below are links to all the posts I saw as of the time of this writing. If there’s one I missed, feel free to link in the comments to this post. As always, I encourage everyone to visit and read the posts of your fellow participants, perhaps leaving a comment if you wish…

James read two “stories”, Grace Paley’s “An Interest in Life” and George Orwell’s essay, “England, Your England.” George and Grace? That has a familiar ring to it…http://jamesreadsbooks.com/2014/03/10/deal-me-in-short-story-challenge-george-orwell-vs-grace-paley/

Dale read another classic, “The Celestial Railroad” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. http://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/nathaniel-hawthorne-the-celestial-railroad/

Katherine read “The Eight of December” by James Smed, another story from her David Copperfield collection. Appropriately, she also links to a video of another great, “magic” card trick. http://katenread.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/deal-me-in-week-11-the-eighth-of-december/

Jay (that’s me) read another Russian short story (I’m loving these!), “Lazarus” by Leonid Andreyev. https://bibliophilica.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/lazarus-by-leonid-andreyev/

Candiss’s eight of spades led her to the story “Brownies” by ZZ Packer http://readthegamut.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/deal-me-in-challenge-story-11-brownies-by-zz-packer/

And… late breaking from Hanne at Reading on Cloud 9 just after I posted this… is Andre Dubus’s “A Father’s Story” http://readingoncloud9.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/week10/