Short literary essays

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed, so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life. Since man is mortal, the only immortality possible for him is to leave something behind him that is immortal since it will always move. This is the artist's way of scribbling 'Kilroy was here' on the wall of the final and irrevocable oblivion through which he must someday pass. [16]

I am SHOCKED that Carver’s “What We Talk About…” only showed up in one anthology??! I feel like [the title] is just so pervasively influential that I truly expected to see it on the first list in 7 or so anthologies. Seriously stunned.
Would love to know how you compiled and sorted all these as I would REALLY love to see a similar project done on titles/authors/publications in the SFF world which–as I hope more LitHub readers will come to know and explore–has a really, really rich history of short fiction. What is going on at present is equally as impressive, as well.
Anway, thanks, Emily for this whole series! Hoping similar stuff happens soon.

Short literary essays

short literary essays


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