Menand on Updike

The New Yorker‘s Louis Menand has a piece on John Updike on the occasion of the publication of Updike’s anthology The Early Stories. Menand prefaces his review with a discussion of short stories.

A short story is not as restrictive as a sonnet, but, of all the literary forms, it is possibly the most single-minded. Its aim, as it was identified by the modern genre

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