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In Brief by Judith Kitchen
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Jun 03, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: anthologies, narrative-nonfiction, memoir

There is some interesting work in this collection, but my beef with it is the same as my problem with Kitchen's earlier collection, IN SHORT -- most of these are excerpts, not complete works, so there's no sense of a story arc, or even a completion of thought. These short takes are a nice way to find new writers, then go and seek out their work in its full expression.
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message 1: by Jessica (new)

Jessica I have a beef too about "in short" nonfiction. When I read a collection of very short nonfiction, it seems to me they're all trying for the same effect: narrative, anecdotal, story-like. What happened to essay as a meditative piece, as something that imitates/represents something of the thought process? What about political essays? etc. There are so many kinds of essays, and when I come across a collection of very short essays, it seems there is little variety in terms of form. Okay, maybe these are all meant to be narrative...but I look to the essay to do something different from fiction, something that story does not/cannot do. For me, the very short form is too constrictive for the essay.


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