Short Story Magic News – November 2016


November 2016 News

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In the meantime, let’s take a quick spin around the fast-paced world of the short story. Only the most broken of breaking news.

  1. Certain Women    

news-2016-11-1Three Maile Meloy short stories are the basis for Certain Women, the new film by director Kelly Reichardt, which is in theatres now and apparently quite good.

I haven’t seen the movie or read much by Meloy, but it’s great to see short stories – and not domestic suspense crime novels – get some of that Hollywood spotlight.

Reichardt’s recent interview on the always-phenomenal Filmspotting podcast is an excellent listen as well.

  1. Babel On and On  

news-2016-11-2In more short story movie news (one of the lesser used clauses in the history of sentences), October also saw the release of a new documentary about Isaac Babel or, more precisely, Babel’s grandson’s quest to better understand his genius writer relative.

It’s called Finding Babel, and you can see a clip here.

The New York Times review suggests, “In what probably qualifies as both an accomplishment and a shortcoming, the movie makes you want to read Babel’s writing instead.”

I really need to do just that. The Red Cavalry has been on my to-read list for awhile.

  1. The Jazz Singer

news-2016-11-3Zadie Smith has a new novel, Swing Time, out this month in time for your gift-giving season.

This being the Short Story Magic Tricks site, I’d prefer to focus on her 2013 story, “The Embassy Of Cambodia” – one of my favorite stories of the century.

She would prefer you focus on the fact that evidently writing is only her second-best talent.

  1. Don’t Forget the Finalists

In a bit of an upset, Paul Beatty’s novel The Sellout won this year’s Man Booker Prize. And that’s great. Congratulations to Beatty.

Let’s not forget the short stories though. Never forget the short stories.

All That Man Is by David Szalay was one of five shortlisted finalists, and I guess it’s marketed as a novel but really is more of a short story cycle. Each one considers a different man at a different stage in life. Sounds like interesting stuff.

And besides, Szalay has one heck of a headshot.

  1. Mamba, Out

news-2016-11-5It’s always the same old story with Kobe Bryant. The man just can’t put down the short stories.


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