Short Stories All the Time

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... a few of my thoughts about 900, mostly contemporary, short stories.
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15 November, 2009

Nam Le, "Cartagena"

Read Nam Le's short story, "Cartagena," included in the collection, The Boat. It takes place in Colombia and is about revolving violence, revenge, and loyalty. Again, a great story packed with action but also psychological insights.

It's been an interesting weekend reading Nam Le's stories in between watching the films, Babel and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.

14 November, 2009

Nam Le, "The Boat"

Read "The Boat" by Nam Le. A masterpiece of a story. It tells of a boat loaded with people escaping Vietnam ca. 1979/1980. The story is a little over 40 pages long and is filled with physical descriptions but the psychological intricacies Nam Le weaves into the plot are exquisite.

13 November, 2009

Nam Le, "Meeting Elise"

Listened to the podcast interview between Richard Ford and Nam Le at the 2009 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature.

Nam Le wrote a short story published by One Story called "Meeting Elise" and you can read an interview about that story here. I read that story when it was first published in 2007. It is about an artist/father whose health is rapidly deteriorating on his way to meet his estranged daughter, a renowned musician.