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Stories We Love: "A Small, Good Thing" by Raymond Carver

A boy is hit by a car on his birthday, walks home, seemingly only dazed, and then dies a day later. If asked to write a short story on such a subject, how would you proceed? It would seem logical to imagine the story, in geometric terms, as a closed circle, in which we as readers would be introduced only to the boy’s immediate family: those people most effected by the death. After all, the story is supposed to be short. It might also make sense for the story to end with the boy’s death, so as not to delve […]

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capitalization as Stylistic Device

FWR contributor Preeta Samarasan is compiling a list of 19th-21st century authors who capitalize words for dramatic/comedic effect, as Dickens does. Recently, several novelists (including Raj Kamal Jha and Preeta herself) have been accused of imitating Arundati Roy’s style because they use capitalization for stylistic reasons, but as Preeta said earlier today, Roy “did not invent this technique, and her style involves a whole lot more than mere capitalization.” Dear readers, please comment with author names and specific examples. Here are a few to start us off: Lorrie Moore (from “People Like That Are the Only People Here”): “Now, suddenly, […]

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