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The Collected Stories by Lydia Davis
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Oct 30, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: short-stories, literary
Read in June, 2011

I'm halfway through this collection of four collections of short stories and I have to take a breather. Dense, like poetry. Formalistically inspiring, like Amy Hempel's work. Hypnotic, funny, strange, aloof. Lots of words to describe the "stories" of Lydia Davis. Often, there is no real story, just a question, an idea, a notion. Frequently, if there are characters, they are lost in time and space. There is very little conventional dialog and scene-setting. A radical departure. Impacted a story I just wrote. I recommend dipping into a collection every few months, like sherbet between heavier courses. I will. For more:
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