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23 February, 2007

The joys of Napkin Fiction

By Amitava Kumar


Title: The Napkin Fiction Project

By: Esquire

You’re forever being told that the short-story is the contemporary form. We no longer have the time to read a novel. Well, who has the time to read a short-story? That is why I like the idea of “Napkin Fiction.”

Advantages: 1. You don’t have to read fifty, or even five, pages to find out whether you’re going to like this or not. 2. It’s a challenging form. 3. A review can be longer than its subject. Disadvantages: 1. The form risks giving respectability to a premature ejaculation. 2. Gimmicky last lines make O Henrys of otherwise fine writers. 3. A review can be longer than its subject.

But this is a rave-out and that is why I absolutely recommend Jonathan Ames to you. Check out his contribution to the project. No great shakes but I think I could read him again. Understand, there is no love, but I haven’t loved anyone in a long time.

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Could an excessively oily mutton curry ruin the ending to these stories?

Posted by flotsam on Fri, February 23, 2007 at 7:33:42

Amitava, thanks, superb stories, some of them, especially the one you pointed to.

Flotsam, I’m glad you said “excessively oily mutton curry” and not “water shortage”!

Posted by Amit Varma on Fri, February 23, 2007 at 9:11:03

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