And yet, the stories are vastly different, each writer doing complicated and wonderful things with this initial premise. I admire both of these writers a lot, seek out their work when it is published, and I think these are my favorite stories I've read by them. B.R. and Ryan, you should read each other's story. You would like each other, I think. If you become fast friends and start going to see baseball games together, try to remember to invite me every once in a while so I don't feel left out.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
The Cortege & Age Hung Us Out to Dry
While in Chicago, I read two incredible short stories. First, I read B.R. Smith's "The Cortege" in Mississippi Review and it was breathtakingly good. A brother and sister search for their missing father and find him, with sad results. Then, not an hour later, I read Ryan Call's "Age Hung Us Out to Dry" in Hobart and it was amazingly good. A brother and sister search for their missing father and find him, with sad results.