Currently Reading.

Currently Reading – “The Cambridge Companion to the English Short Story”, edited by Ann-Marie Einhaus. For the past year and a half, I have been much more interested in the short story as a medium than the novel. To paraphrase the Argentinian writer, Jorge Luis Borges, novels tend to have a lot of “stuffing” – and why write five hundred pages when you can accomplish the same thing in twenty pages?

Currently reading.

Currently reading – “Woman Hollering Creek” by Sandra Cisneros. Haven’t read short stories for a while so I am getting back into it with this collection. Cisneros is a Latina author best known for her story cycle, “The House on Mango Street”. I read that earlier this year and it was great.

Currently reading.

Currently reading. Born in 1862 in the Austrian Empire, Arthur Schnitzler was a Viennese contemporary of Sigmund Freud. His work was controversial at the time due to its dark psychological themes and frank depictions of sexuality, and was often subjected to Anti-Semitic attacks (Schnitzler was Jewish). This slim novel, “Dream Story”, was the inspiration for the Stanley Kubrick film “Eyes Wide Shut.”

Currently reading.

Currently reading. Anna Akhmatova was a Russian poet born in 1889 who suffered under the tyranny of Stalin until her later life “when her international fame could no longer be ignored.” She never emigrated, choosing to document the reality in her native country. Her work was often censored or destroyed. She died in 1966.