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Gestures at the Abyss 

Wednesday, Dec 25 2013

The short story is almost universally lauded as the hardest form of writing to do well. The writer must create an entire world, or a moment that seems to contain the whole world, in a small amount of space. "I usually begin with something sticky — an irritation, an atmosphere, a line overheard." So said Carolyn Cooke in a recent interview with Bustle, to whom she also observed: "We have all stood, or will stand, at the edge of the abyss. I'm interested in the human gestures we make at the edge." Cooke, author of the novel Daughters of the Revolution, which was a Los Angeles Times Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book, and the O. Henry Award-winning collection The Bostons, has a new collection called Amor & Psycho, from which she'll read as part of the Portuguese Artists Colony. Joining her are several other accomplished authors of the short story, including Tom Barbash, Maisha Z. Johnson, and Caitlin Myer.

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