It’s, like, a national literary discussion.

Stephen King’s short story rant sure has elicited a lot of responses on the NY Times blog. Of course, it’s an excellent opportunity to lay into MFA programs, which quite a few people have done. And that’s not the only thing they are fired up about. Check it out.

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5 thoughts on “It’s, like, a national literary discussion.

  1. and–it’s like, supercool! i’ve never seen the short story form discussed with such verve! it took me half an hour to read all the posts–and it made me really happy to see that at least 149 people care about the short story form (or–that they disregard Stephen King). :)

  2. I thought this comment from the NYT blog was funny:

    Who is stephen King (sic) and why is anybody the least bit interested in what he has to say about anything other than highly commercialized, mass-marketed assembly-line product.

    I used to wonder the same thing (after Christine and Cujo esp), but I’ve come to respect him a lot more. He’s got a lot of passion around writing and a lot of good things to say, I think. And what he says about short story writing — you do have to wonder if it’ll go the way of other too-hard-to-master skills.

    Thanks for pointing this out. It’s an interesting item that I would have missed.

  3. I am one of well, probably one, who has never read a Stephen King novel. I’m not a fan of horror/creepiness. (I have seen a couple of movies based on his books though.) But! I have been reading his essays and columns in various places for some time now, and I am intrigued by his voice and feeling for writing. I’m thinking of reading his “On Writing” or whatever it’s called. I guess it’s sort of odd that this particular NYT column would push me to do that…

  4. The great short story debate even made a cameo appearance on my favorite Mac nerd blog, Daring Fireball, with David Allen Foster Grier Wallace inserted into the fray by way of an introduction he wrote for an essay collection, segueing into the King short-story boast.

    And I find Stephen King to be a very readable author, but I may have slept with a copy of The Stand under my pillow in junior high.

  5. “On Writing” is a great book about fiction writing. Well, and a lot of it is about how Stephen King got to be a writer, too, which I found fascinating. I’m a little biased because I read every one of his books when I was younger–read them all in a row and read many of them multiple times. So I have a soft spot and some nostalgia about King’s books. I also loved his sections of “Faithful,” which is a Red Sox book, so another soft spot. “On Writing” really made me admire his approach and work ethic. I think he has a pragmatic view of writing as a career, and he offers some sound advice. And the writing of the book is entertaining and original. He writes a column in Entertainment Weekly every few weeks, that I always flip to to read first. His columns and “On Writing” both feature this distinct, really conversational style that I love.

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