Peter Orner at The Rumpus

April 21, 2009

Posted by Nick Sarno


The always awesome Peter Orner is now writing a weekly column for the now-even-more-awesome The column is titled “The Lonely Voice” and will focus on the short story. This should get you started:


The difference between a short story and a novel is the difference between a pang in your heart compared to the tragedy of your whole life. It’s all a matter of how you feel the pain. Read a great story and there it is-right now-in your gut. A novel gives you some time between innings. A story is complete, remorseless. Which is why I am always a little annoyed when the short story is re-discovered, yanked up out of the soggy ground-and pronounced relevant-it’s alive! Most recently in a nice piece by A.O. Scott in the New York Times. And it was a nice piece, and Scott, before he went back to reviewing films, said good, important things about some great old story writers, Flannery O’Connor and John Cheever and a great new story writer, Wells Tower. I’m just not sure this annual resurrection party is necessary. The story is here; it’s always been here. And those of us who can’t live a day without it know what I’m talking about. We need our fix, our daily stab of pain-maybe to feel alive at all.


Go here to read the rest!


One Response to “Peter Orner at The Rumpus”

  1. _joey_ Says:

    This blog’s where its happenning. Keep up the good work.

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