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From Mockingbird, If you do anything this weekend, spend a few minutes with this absolute must-must-must-read short story from the great Ray Bradbury, written… last year (his 89th on THIS planet). Needless to say, it has caused a little stir among his fanbase, as it is so, well, you’ll see. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2011 James Ament Bookmark on Delicious Digg [...]

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge—a short story  by Ambrose Bierce Chapter I A man stood upon a railroad bridge in northern Alabama, looking down into the swift water twenty feet below. The man’s hands were behind his back, the wrists bound with a cord. A rope closely encircled his neck. It was attached to a stout cross-timber above [...]

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The subject is abortion. Hemingway’s story and an analysis are at the links and below: Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2011 James Ament Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Tell a friend

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Revisiting “The Lottery”

The Utne Reader published a piece about a short story by Shirley Jackson that caused a great stir. The author of the article wrote, “When The New Yorker published Shirley Jackson’s dark, controversial short story “The Lottery” in 1948, the magazine could not have been prepared for its visceral effect: readers were outraged, many immediately canceling [...]

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A Story About Leviathan

Philosopher Alexander Pruss, who teaches at Baylor University, enjoyed this 8,300 word science fiction story by Eric James Stone called, That Leviathan Whom Thou Hast Made, particularly after a student “complained that the sexual ethics material” they “were reading only applied to humans.” I enjoyed it also. It’s about humans interacting with an alien form [...]

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A short and chilling short story by author Annie Proulx, found at biblioklept. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2011 James Ament Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Tell a friend

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I remember reading this chilling Roald Dahl story in Playboy Magazine in the 60s. A little research confirmed that it was in the May 1965 issue. (As I recall, I also looked at the pictures.) The story: Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin share via Reddit Share with Stumblers [...]

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Anarchist, pacifist, moralist, and Russian author, Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), died a hundred years ago, November 20th.  The New York Times offered a recent article that basically said, the man gets no respect in modern Russia. For those ambivalent, or those that simply don’t care what the Russians think about him, here is a short story [...]

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One of the great dystopian short stories, found here, and in full below, it was also made into three film adaptions of Vonnegut’s futuristic story, which this trailer shows, and with more samples here. The story is not without criticism, but I’ve always interpreted it as quite straightforward, a result of a crab mentality, as [...]

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Elmore Leonard was an exceptional writer early in his career…a PDF of his tense Saturday Evening Post short story, Moment of Vengeance, published April 19, 1956, can be found here. Unfortunately, the ending was cut off; but it can be found here and below: Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin [...]

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