short shorts Archive

Lydia Davis’s “Ethics” and the Instability of Logic

Author: | Categories: Critical Essays No comments
The short stories of Lydia Davis, in spite of their infamous brevity, often work on at least three levels. In the case of “Ethics,” a paragraph-long fiction that humorously interrogates the Golden Rule, the story works as a character study, a reductio ad absurdum argument, and a larger

The Best Short Story I Read in a Lit Mag This Week: “Off Days” by Shane Jones

Author: | Categories: Reading, Series No comments
In the flash fiction piece “Off Days” (The Adroit Journal), Shane Jones captures the comedy in the small moments characteriing his day-by-day struggles with memory loss before a full shift in his reality becomes manifest. We meet Ted and his wife Gina at the supermarket. Ted mistakes a younger