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The Pushcart Prize XXXI: Best of the Small Presses (2007 Edition)

The Pushcart Prize XXXI Best of the Small Presses Edition A collection of short stories essays and poems culled from small presses and literary journals

  • Title: The Pushcart Prize XXXI: Best of the Small Presses (2007 Edition)
  • Author: Bill Henderson Pushcart Prize
  • ISBN: 9781888889444
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Paperback
  • A collection of short stories, essays, and poems, culled from small presses and literary journals.

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    1. This might be the third Pushcart Prize volume I've read so far. Unlike the Best American &c compilations, Pushcart at least doesn't appear to go by a new primary editor every year -- so I think that the stylistic grain might be a bit more consistent.Pushcart XXXI has something I don't remember from before: a whole lot of brief memoir pieces. I especially liked "What Fundamentalists Need For Their Salvation," a scathing, unambiguously politically partisan, razor-sharp meditation on how fundam [...]

    2. Some wonderful reads in this book -- even though there are several in the collection that I marvel over how they were even nominated, let alone selected for award. I try to get around to this collection every year nonetheless, to see what's valued or what new (or for me, undiscovered) voices are worth further investigation. High on my notables list (so far) from this collection: Stacey Richter's short story, "The Land of Pain" (pub'd in Willow Springs) -- so good I afterwards bought her short st [...]

    3. A great collection of stories from a strong variety of authors. Most of the stories are good, some are great and none of them made me fall asleep. If you like short stories but find collections of classics to be uneven or too jarring in their stylistic differences, give the Pushcart Prize a try.

    4. So I regularly work through various collections like this to discover new authors (short story authors especially) they tend to be very hit-or-miss, but this collection actually had about 50% quality work. I was mainly struck by how incredibly dated all of the 9/11 and Iraq War stuff is now, just ten years later; all of the overwrought, maudlin anti-war poetry and prose already has a curious nostalgia about it (and comes across as even more insipid now).

    5. This one was a little more hit-or-miss than usual. My favorites:~Laundry, by Maureen Stanton~Cocktail Hour, by Kate Braverman~Voices, by John Clayton~If a Stranger Approaches You, by Laura Kasischke~Shelter, Nami MunAnd I always like to run into an Elizabeth McCracken story.

    6. Despite the buzz-word-like blips-on-the-page acknowledging 9/11, or the occasional unbearably snooty "Look at Me/Why I'm Unique" essays by either hip fashion-conscious ideologues for the left-but-not-too-left or born-again Christians who preach not to preach Despite these disturbing inclusions in what is otherwise a noteworthy bundle of beautiful chickenscratch, this collection is a real pleasure to read and has many stories (and poems!) that will stick with me for some time. In the order in whi [...]

    7. Lots and lots of good stuff in here, and I'll shamelessly plug my friend David Schuman's story "Stay," which is abouta guy and his dog! (No more spoilers; read it.) Also good are Benjamin Percy's "Refresh, Refresh" and Karen Bender's "Refund."Buy Pushcart collections! Read the literary journals where things you like are published! Google the writers you like and see what else they've written and where! This concludes our biased, self-interested writer's message for the day.

    8. Not quite as good as last years. Don't they all say that?Really, some of the selections seemed a little more tame than I might like and the anti-war stuff, while appreciated, seemed more obvious this year than last, even Tony Hoagland's, who I generally really love. Still, a great series and one I think really does reward the weeks and weeks of conscious effort it takes to read from the first selection to the last.

    9. Though this was published in 2007, the material is heavy on 9/11-Bush-Iraq material. Reading it now, it seems positively dated. Some of it works (such as a story about a strange encounter at an airport), but some of it doesn't (like a heavy-handed piece about rendition). The stories vary from experimental to dull to exceptional. Same with the essays. None of the poems did it for me.

    10. Many excellent stories. Includes "Refresh Refresh," one of the most acclaimed short stories of the year, and deserving of the praise that it has received. I agree with Christy about the essay by Kristen Kovacic. Very moving and thought-provoking.

    11. Read "Laundry" and I'll read it again before I say for sure I'm not a fan. It felt jumbled. I don't get it.Still reading this, a story at a time. Of course, Refresh, Refresh is absolutely stellar.

    12. Excellent anthology. Up with the small presses!Includes a lovely essay by local Pittsburgh author Kristin Kovacic.And Caketrain is listed on page 500.

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