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“Hyperinteresting shoptalk from some of literary culture’s best shops, and best talkers.”
—Kathryn Schulz, New York Magazine (Top 10 Books of 2012)
“The stories are indeed varied in their style, as the editors’ note promises, but many of them left me with the same feeling: devastation.”—The Christian Science Monitor
“Object Lessons [is] my new favorite gift book.”—Elizabeth Taylor, The Chicago Tribune
“This thoughtful book will make you look at short fiction with new eyes.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“As the ‘Best American’ anthologies begin their annual take-over of bookstore shelf space this month, short story fans should look past those displays to find this collection curated from the archives of The Paris Review.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“The editors call this a guide for young writers and readers interested in literary technique, and the book achieves that purpose while also serving as a tribute to the role The Paris Review has played in maintaining the diversity of the short story form. The collection reminds us that good stories are always whispering into each other’s ears.”—Publishers Weekly
“A compendium of The Paris Review’s short story hits, curated with the ambitious, aspiring writer in mind. … Jeffrey Eugenides’ discussion of Denis Johnson’s “Car Crash While Hitchhiking” captures that story’s heartbreak and serves as an essay on the virtues of the form itself. … A smart showcase of a half-century’s worth of pathways in fiction.”—Kirkus
Sadie Stein is deputy editor of The Paris Review. They are not related.
Twenty masters of the short story introduce stories by their elders and peers, chosen from the archives of The Paris Review.
If you're a fan of the contemporary short story, this volume will likely please you with the caveat that most of the voices are strongly male.
No, as stated above, this was a little too melancholic for me, but if you like plotlines full of darkness and nihilism you might enjoy it.
Dimmer by Joy Williams
Except for the Sickness I'm Quite Healthy Now. You Can Believe That. by Thomas Glynn
Night Flight to Stockholm by Dallas Wiebe
OBJECT LESSONS collection of short stories by The Paris Review, copyright 2012, is for writers and readers who love to think off the page; those who thrive on creative... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Shirley Mason Larsen
Object Lessons lives up to its aspiration: it compiles a collection that epitomizes the best short story writing--which isn't to say that every story will comparably titillate the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Davey Jones
The book is useful as it demonstrates many different styles and ways to tell a short story. Many of the stories are fantastic, some not so much to my liking.Published 18 months ago by robert
I am a writer, so I'm always on the look out for a book to learn more about my craft. This book seemed to be both a collection of short stories which I could enjoy reading and a... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lynnda Ell
Object lessons was a collection of morose and bizarre far-fetched ruminations. I just couldn't fi nd a thread of something that I could say I enjoyed.Published 22 months ago by schmeagle
This is a collection of short stories chosen from the archives of the Paris Review by other authors and editors. Each story is introduced by the person who selected it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by brian d foy
I've collected as many old copies of the annual Paris Review's as I can find. As a writer I've found Paris Review to be not only an excellent reading experience but also a great... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Nancy Purcell
I like reading short stories. Most of these were OK. One or two were great. Different tastes for different folks. The preface's before each story was mostly a waste and boring.Published 23 months ago by john p fisher