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Product Details

  • Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Ooligan Press (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932010173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932010176
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.3 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""These contenders for the title of ‘world’s best short-short stories’ are by some of the best micro and flash writers I know of, writers such as Katherine Weber, Bruce Holland Rogers, Sherrie Flick, Deb Olin Unferth, Bruce Boston, and Aimee Bender. How can they do it in less than five hundred words—suspense, revelation, a twist of metaphor or plot or character, and sometimes all—before you can turn the page? It’s like levitation—I’m skeptical, but seeing is believing. A good book by two editors who are excellent flash fiction writers themselves.” 

Robert Shapard, co-editor of New Sudden Fiction and Flash Fiction Forward

About the Author

Mark Budman was born and raised in the former Soviet Union. He is the publisher of the flash fiction magazine Vestal Review, which didn't prevent him from getting a patent for a device that allows scents to be transmitted by multimedia. He lives in upstate New York with his wife, two daughters, and one inquisitive male cat.


Tom Hazuka teaches in the English Department at Central Connecticut State University.

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Reading You Have Time for This was really exciting!
BfromPDX
Flash fiction is a really interesting trend, and the only collections I have found before this have been on the internet.
Neo_one
One is, in a way,mesmerized by what is often a surrealist effect created by the shortening of time and space.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Scotellaro on December 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
"You Have Time for This" is a vibrant and engaging collection of fifty-three short-short stories, demonstrating how stunning, varied, and satisfying stories 500 words or less can be. These are not fragments of imagined longer works, but eminently realized fictions rife with telling details, nuanced characters and resonant themes and situations.

The flash fiction form has been expanding in popularity the last couple of decades and drawing the talents of many fine writers to the challenge of this compelling genre. Mark Budman and Tom Hazuka have gathered together a diverse and outstanding selection of these literary gems in "You Have Time for This"--and you will.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eva Moon on February 13, 2008
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The experience of reading flash stories is qualitatively different from reading a novel. It's necessary to be a more active participant in the story telling - and that's what I find so captivating. Rather than sit back and be a passive observer of the author's fully-presented vision, we are only allowed a thin slice. A tantalizing peek through a partly open door. If the author is skillful, the peek is enough to let you tease out the story. If you have the least voyeuristic tendency, you should read this book. It's filled with sly glimpses into the lives of others - and don't be fooled by their briefness. You'll be mulling over the characters long after the story is finished.

You do have time for this. In fact it's better if you don't have a lot of time. The pleasure is extended and the stories are there for you whenever you have a minute to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By susan e. wiget on October 13, 2009
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This collection of flash fiction--bare bone stories no more than five hundred words each--includes a wide variety of stories that, despite their brevity, have a complete beginning, middle, and end. The stories include (among others): the thoughts of two people who meet in an airplane; an unappreciative husband's karma catching up with him; a divorced couple dining out at a Chinese restaurant; and a mentally unhinged and jealous victim of unrequited love. Oh, yes, there's a bizarre science fiction story involving characters who are experiencing a disturbing metamorphosis...but I recommend that you take the time to read the book yourself.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By myron ernst on February 19, 2008
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A writer friend of mine recommended "You Have Time For This", explaining
that it was an anthology or short-short fiction. I was very dubious.
Well, I bought it anyway, and found, to my complete surprise, a series of stories that are quite compelling. This was, for me, an entirely new and exciting literary experience.
The stories, by dint of their brevity, make for very compelling pieces. One is, in a way,mesmerized by what is often a surrealist effect created by the
shortening of time and space.I read it from cover to cover, without once taking a break--which is unusual for me.
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Good but not great. My perspective is that some of the earlier collections edited by the same editors are better.

There are about a half dozen stories that I'd put in the great category including a coupld by the editors, The Diary of a Salaryman by Mark Budman is the best of the lot IMO.

Only a few real clinkers, rest are good. Overall worth a read, but don't expect this to be the best example(s) of Flash Fiction out there.
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I first heard the term flash fiction just barely six months ago. Then three months ago I took a grammar class in which the final project was, as a class, to publish an anthology of “Flash Fiction.” Since then I’ve become quite fond of the genre and have been working towards not just reading but also building a small section in my home library for works of flash fiction, with my own anthology as the sections first member.

I am quite happy that I stumbled across the book, You Have Time for This. Flash fiction is quick. Short bursts of emotion, plot, characters and story that burst off the page and into your face. A few, like many inside You have Time for This, also work their way into your heart and soul, making you glad for their swift entry into your life. While the average short story, if there is indeed such a thing as average, is often three to ten pages in length, flash fiction is far shorter. The treasure that this book and the flash fiction genre in general is that many of the stories are only one or two pages long, sometimes more, but not often.

Mark Budman’s (one of the editors of this book) story entitled, “Dark Side of the Moon” is a great example of how far just a few carefully crafted words can take you. The story begins with the main character, as a child, standing on the shores of the Baltic Sea. By the end (one page) the protagonist is now presumably a Russian mob boss, and ends with: “The cell phone rang. ‘This better be good.’ I said. ‘It’s done boss.’ Was the reply. I hung up quickly,...If you blow the whistle in my company you don’t last long.”

I highly recommend that if you have not yet dabbled in reading flash fiction that you give it try, and you’d do well to start with, You Have Time for This.
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You Have Time For This is flash fiction at its best. Extreme brevity may not suit everyone, but if you want to give it a shot then starting with this collection is recommended. There are over fifty short stories in here, which means there are plenty of opportunities for your taste to be met. Aimee Bender’s, “Wrong” was my favorite story in this compilation, and her contribution was my initial reason for picking up the book. I ended up enjoying the rest of the stories and the exploration of life through folk tales, fantastic metaphors, and everyday humanity. Highly recommended!
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