My July column of short stories is up at PopMatters. This month's theme is 'refugees'. Each of these stories (all free to read online) shows a different side to the life of a refugee: despair and heartbreak, but also joy and love. Stories by these award-winning writers: Viet Thanh Nguyen, Guadalupe Nettel, Bernard Malamud, Choi Jin-young, and Mohsin Hamid. As usual, I also point out a couple of writerly things about each story from a craft perspective.
This month's short stories column is now up at PopMatters. Inspired by Vera Tobin's recent book, Elements of Surprise, about the "well-made" surprise in fiction (books and movies), these five literary selections give us unexpected surprises or twists done skillfully. As always, the stories are free to read online and by these terrific writers: Alice Munro, Jorge Luis Borges, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Lee Martin, Jennifer Lynne Christie.
My May short stories column is up at PopMatters. This month, we have some of the finest fiction from five of the ten writers in Michelle Dean's book, Sharp (my review is also linked in the column). While these writers — Dorothy Parker, Rebecca West, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, and Nora Ephron — changed the 20th-century intellectual scene in the US with their essays and reviews, they also wrote some timeless short stories and novels. All the works are linked and free to read online. Enjoy.