|(c) David Ignaszewski|
Intrigued, I borrowed The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (M). I am totally impressed. Blown away! A writer unlike any other writer I have ever enjoyed. Short stories are not really an adequate description of the form. Many of the collected stories are but a paragraph or two. But they are amazing. They are creative, insightful and at times, a little off kilter. Very addictive. I couldn't stop flipping the pages. To read just one more quick little story...
A couple of the entries that really stuck with me were Letter to a Funeral Parlor and Happiest Moment. In the first, a funeral director is taken to task for the use of the invented word cremains. In the second, a Chinese student is simply asked to reveal his happiest moment. His answer is somehow rather profound to me.
If you enjoy short stories at all, I strongly urge you to check out Lydia Davis.
"She is the master of a literary form largely of her own invention.” - Craig Morgan Teicher, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.