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Scarlet ibis. By James Hurst.

scarlet ibis

It was in the clove of seasons, summer was dead but autumn had not yet been born, that the ibis lit in the bleeding tree. The flower garden was stained with rotting brown magnolia petals and ironweeds grew rank amid the purple phlox. The five o'clocks by the chimney still marked time, but the oriole nest in the elm was untenanted and rocked back and forth like an empty cradle. The last graveyard flowers were blooming, and their smell drifted across the cotton field and through every room of our house, speaking softly the names of our dead.

It's strange hat all this is still so clear to me, now that that summer has since fled and time has had its way. SMITH Magazine Six-Word Memoirs. Six-Word Memoirs. Six-Word Memoirs is a project founded by the U.S.

Six-Word Memoirs

-based online storytelling magazine Smith Magazine. Like that publication, Six-Word Memoirs seek to provide a platform for storytelling in all its forms. History[edit] In November 2006, Smith's editors Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser gave the six-word story a personal twist, asking Smith readers to tell their life story in just six-words. Smith readers submitted their six-words via, and Smith's Twitter account. In May 2008, Smith announced three new Six-Word Memoir book projects: Six Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak (2009), then a book of Six-Word Memoirs by and for teens (Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure), and a second general Six-Word Memoir sequel to the original.

Six-Word Memoir books[edit] Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs from Writers Famous & Obscure[edit] Short stories. Short Story. Storyville: Top Ten Best Short Stories Ever. How dare I make a list of the top ten short stories ever, right?

Storyville: Top Ten Best Short Stories Ever

Who the hell do I think I am? Well, obviously I’m a fan of fiction, of the short story form. I’m also an author. And I now have my MFA in Creative Writing as well. Does that make me an authority? Most of these stories are heavily anthologized or are available in a collection by that author. In no particular order: 1. If you want to know what contemporary literary horror looks like, this is the place to go. Buy I Hate To See That Evening Sun Go Down: Collected Stories from 2. For many people, this may be the only bit of her writing that they've ever read. Grimms-Fairy-Tales.pdf. 14 Fantastic Stories From The New Yorker Archive You Should Read This Summer. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Short stories at east of the web. The longest joke in the world. A man in the desert. So, there’s a man crawling through the desert.

The longest joke in the world. A man in the desert.

He’d decided to try his SUV in a little bit of cross-country travel, had great fun zooming over the badlands and through the sand, got lost, hit a big rock, and then he couldn’t get it started again. There were no cell phone towers anywhere near, so his cell phone was useless. He had no family, his parents had died a few years before in an auto accident, and his few friends had no idea he was out here. Stone Mattress - The New Yorker. At the outset Verna had not intended to kill anyone.

Stone Mattress - The New Yorker

What she had in mind was a vacation, pure and simple. Take a breather, do some inner accounting, shed worn skin. The Arctic suits her: there’s something inherently calming in the vast cool sweeps of ice and rock and sea and sky, undisturbed by cities and highways and trees and the other distractions that clutter up the landscape to the south. Among the clutter she includes other people, and by other people she means men.

She’s had enough of men for a while. But old habits die hard, and it’s not long before she’s casting an appraising eye over her fleece-clad fellow-travellers dithering with their wheely bags in the lobby of the first-night airport hotel. George Saunders (1958-____ ) The Falls by George Saunders (1958-____ ) Word Count: 3801 Morse found it nerve-racking to cross the St.

George Saunders (1958-____ )

Jude grounds just as the school was being dismissed, because he felt that if he smiled at the uniformed Catholic children they might think he was a wacko or pervert and if he didn't smile they might think he was an old grouch made bitter by the world, which surely, he felt, by certain yardsticks, he was. Sometimes he wasn't entirely sure that he wasn't even a wacko of sorts, although certainly he wasn't a pervert. 10 Free Stories by George Saunders, Author of Tenth of December, “The Best Book You’ll Read This Year” Storyville: Top Ten Best Short Stories Ever.

Short Stories. 10 Free Stories by George Saunders, Author of Tenth of December, “The Best Book You’ll Read This Year” George Saunders: “I want to tell the truth about what really matters in a simple way” George Saunders has a Guggenheim and a MacArthur, was called one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine, and was credited with changing the trajectory of American fiction by the Wall Street Journal.

George Saunders: “I want to tell the truth about what really matters in a simple way”

Well, that’s true, yes, but the really surprising thing about Saunders in 2013 is that he became a New York Times best-selling writer with his latest story collection, “Tenth of December.” There might not have been more heartening literary news all year than the fact that one of our bravest and most essential voices found the mass audience to match. Let alone a generous, kind guy. This month, the collection arrives in paperback. In her Salon review of “Tenth of December,” Laura Miller deemed him the “bard of the wage slaves” and wrote of Saunders’ stories that “Not a single line from them can even begin to work on its own, extracted from the tissue that gives it its potency. Let’s start with a big overarching one.

This is going to be big. Yeah, I think there is. Yes.