Monday, October 18, 2010

Topic: Previewing Short Stories

10-second review: I subscribe to The New Yorker. Each weekly issue contains a short story. Each week I would plow through the short story from first word to last and often ask myself when I was finished reading, “Why did I bother to read that? Is there some way I can find out ahead of time whether the story is worth reading?”

Previewing Short Stories
Somehow I hit on the strategy of reading a paragraph on each page or in each column. In a matter of only a few minutes, I had the gist of the story and could tell whether it was worth further reading or not. It works.


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