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McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories by Michael Chabon
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May 27, 12

Read in May, 2012

even at its best, this isn't worth reading. Felt like rough first drafts with little to no care for the reader. Stephen King and the 7C story were standouts among this collection but forgettable when compared to better stories.

I just read this Steinbeck letter about writing short stories ...
http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/05/...
... and was struck by this quote:
"The basic rule you gave us was simple and heartbreaking. A story to be effective had to convey something from writer to reader and the power of its offering was the measure of its excellence. Outside of that, you said, there were no rules."

None of the stories had much power.
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