Monthly Archives October 2011

More on the Short Story

“A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say what the meaning is.” - Flannery O’Connor Short stories are a major preoccupation around here, as I proofread my own and continue reading other writers’ work (currently Joan Clark’s 1982 collection, From a High Thin Wire. Her story, The Holy Roller Empire, knocked my socks off).


“When I say “work” I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.” - Margaret Laurence I’ve just closed the final page on Helen Humphreys’ latest novel, The Reinvention of Love. I won’t review it other than to say that Humphreys has produced yet another elegantly written and thoroughly researched offering to the Canadian literary scene. I do recommend it. I was particularly taken by a passage near