A dubious scientist experiments on his friends with water from The Fountain of Youth in one of Nathaniel Hawthorne's most popular short stories. We discuss why you shouldn't be friends with dubious scientists.
Turns out Lovecraft can write a good story that also feels a tad more mainstream than his usual. Who knew? We talk about why many people (including Lovecraft himself) consider this one of his best stories.
The title is funny because it's also a story about depending on others. In this episode, we attempt to explain this story as neatly as I just explained my own joke. We talk about character agency, feminine "ideals" and whether calling people br
A winding time travel tale from the 50s that will keep you guessing. At times more of a puzzle than a story, we discuss internal consistency, our favourite time travel systems, and building character motivations.
The return of Ray Bradbury with a light sci-fi story that's both funny and a little creepy. We discuss use and abuse of the 'creepy children' trope, the use of non-diegetic information in short stories and Bradbury's distinctive style.
Take a journey to heaven in EM Forster's The Celestial Omnibus. We discuss snobbery in literature, transitions between worlds and try to work out some of the story's many literary references.For more on EM Forster - https://www.theguardian.com/
An unusually-titled story from Kurt Vonnegut that shows how everything can go horribly wrong, even with good intentions. We discuss the idea of collective vs individualistic ideals, dark humour, and contrasting themes.
Guy de Maupassant's naturalist writing style influenced O Henry and Kate Chopin. This story about marriage has plenty of twists and turns. How to say Guy de Maupassant's name actually and properlyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOkQLmlokAE&ab_
This masterful story is dripping with sarcasm, dry humour and character. We look at what makes its first (and last) lines so great, how we might approach beginnings and endings ourselves, and how to create humourous characters.Mentioned article
This week we talk about various short story collections and how to construct a good one. Here's a list of the books we mentioned:The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi YamamotoStronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys DaytonBefore the Coffee G
It's Halloween, so here's a horror story that's shockingly relevant almost 180 years after its publication. We talk about the various interpretations of this story and Poe's 'unity of effect', one of the most important defining features of shor
This classic romance story is from the once controversial but now loved writer Kate Chopin. We discuss settings for romance stories, how to make a story linger in the reader's head, and how to marry both external and internal plot lines.Story o
We discuss this cheery story about why there isn't a mermaid at this one lake or something. We talk about ways to build conflict and character quickly in romance and the mystery that is Charles Weathers Bump.
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