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Stuart Dybek

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About the Author

Stuart Dybek is the author of two collections of short fiction, The Coast of Chicago and Childhood and Other Neighborhoods, as well as two volumes of poetry, Streets in Their Own Ink and Brass Knuckles. A professor of English at Western Michigan University, he lives in Kalamazoo
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Associated Works

My Mistress's Sparrow Is Dead (2008) — Avustaja — 752 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 2004 (2004) — Avustaja — 548 kappaletta
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories (1994) — Avustaja — 470 kappaletta
Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories (1992) — Avustaja — 390 kappaletta
The Granta Book of the American Short Story (1992) — Avustaja — 361 kappaletta
Sudden Fiction: American Short-Short Stories (1984) — Avustaja — 359 kappaletta
180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (2005) — Avustaja — 357 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 1996 (1996) — Avustaja — 242 kappaletta
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Ninth Annual Collection (1996) — Avustaja — 241 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 1994 (1994) — Avustaja — 234 kappaletta
Sudden Fiction International: Sixty Short-Short Stories (1989) — Avustaja — 208 kappaletta
The New Granta Book of the American Short Story (2007) — Avustaja — 205 kappaletta
The Best American Poetry 2003 (2003) — Avustaja — 170 kappaletta
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fourth Annual Collection (1991) — Avustaja — 155 kappaletta
Granta 108: Chicago (2009) — Avustaja — 134 kappaletta
Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer (2010) — Avustaja — 131 kappaletta
The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction (2008) — Avustaja — 122 kappaletta
Baseball's Best Short Stories (1995) — Avustaja — 77 kappaletta
Novel Voices (2003) — Avustaja — 54 kappaletta
Bestial Noise: The Tin House Fiction Reader (2003) — Avustaja — 49 kappaletta
McSweeney's Issue 44 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2013) — Avustaja — 48 kappaletta
Chicago Noir: The Classics (2015) — Avustaja — 46 kappaletta
The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story (2021) — Avustaja — 44 kappaletta
Dream Me Home Safely: Writers on Growing Up in America (2003) — Avustaja — 38 kappaletta
The Best Small Fictions 2015 (2015) — Avustaja — 25 kappaletta
Orbit 17 (1975) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
The Best Small Fictions 2017 (2017) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Volume 05 (2015) — Avustaja — 10 kappaletta
Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Volume 04 (2014) — Avustaja — 7 kappaletta
Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Volume 02 (2018) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta
Antaeus No. 70, Spring 1993 - Special Fiction Issue (1993) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Telephone #12 — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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Took me back to scenes from my own childhood in a predominantly Polish neighborhood that was full of taverns and changing fast with the times (born in Chicago, grew up in Cicero). I enjoyed the honesty of scenes such as the one where "alkies" fighting is good for kids because change invariably flies from their pockets, or how a son, an 8th grader at the time, is alarmed by his father's "general obliviousness to gang etiquette in the neighborhood." Such vivid detail creates a strong sense of time and place, one that isn't exactly nostalgic, but is also not full of rage at the past (but there is some of both). Wonderful relationship depictions, too--friends, family, young lovers. Good male coming of age stuff here. I plan on reading more from Dybek.… (lisätietoja)
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Chris.Wolak | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 13, 2022 |
This is my first Dybek collection and I found it brilliant. His use of language and his way of turning a descriptive phrase is not to be missed. I am a fan of flash fiction, of which this collection contains several. The opening story, 'Mysterioso', I found to be phenomenal at setting a scene and letting you know the characters with so few words it is genius. I have his collection Paper Lanterns on my TBR, which I will dig out ASAP. Recommended.
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jldarden | Sep 18, 2020 |
This reading of Dybek's poetry comes as a bit of late research on my part.

The first section of this collection hit home for me. It seems that we both grew up in a primarily Polish Catholic neighborhood. Many things that Dybek writes about, I experienced from the red brick streets to the biker bar (where I used to deliver the newspaper). It was an immigrant part of town and many of the grandparents did not speak English or very limited English.

The poems captured a bit of lost youth. "Ginny's Basement" is much like many friends basements an indoor teenage hideaway cave where parent's seemed to respect your space. "Fish Camp" and the catching of bullheads took me back to the pond where I used to fish after school. My grandmother (first generation American) paid me for the fish I caught. No one else in my family would eat bullheads. "Volcano" reminded me of the steel mill. The hot steel flowing and the coke tower fires visible for miles. Like a volcano it also left its "ash" for miles around.

I am sure we were from different cities and different times (a generation apart) but there are ties and shared memories we both experienced that we both carry on through though adulthood. Dybek gives the reader a big city flashback to what many like to think of as better days of youth.
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evil_cyclist | Mar 16, 2020 |
The Best Small Fictions 2016 edited by Stuart Dybek is the second annual collection of short fictions from around the world. Dybek is the author of five collections of short stories and two poetry collections. His awards include a Lannan Prize, a PEN/Malamud Award, a Whiting Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and four O. Henry Awards. Dybek was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2007.

Tara Masih, the series editor, has won multiple book awards as editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction, and The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays. She is the author of Where the Dog Star Never Glows: Stories and has published fiction, poetry, and essays in numerous anthologies and literary magazines.

This is the second year I am reviewing The Best Small Fictions. Not being a short story fan I found small fictions a welcome change. The stories range from two or three pages down to Tweets. There is also a complete story in each of the small pieces. In order to complete this with a small word count is akin to poetry. Like poetry, words need to convey more than a simple message and must be chosen carefully.

As an undergraduate, I had a history professor who would throw down a stack of blue books filled with essay answers and sarcastically say, "Why use one word when twenty will do?" We Americans tend to be wasteful with everything including words. Bigger is better and more impressive to most. Craftsmanship and intricate workings have been replaced with mass production. Short fictions aim to change this. Interestingly enough this can be seen in the first story, "Bless This Home” by Rosie Forrest. When asked how she could doubt something without even looking, the narrator responds, “My doubt is significant.” Four words take the place of a long explanation and deliver the same result but with a powerful elegance. In Paul Beckman’s “Healing Time,” the narrator refers to his sister as “Cleveland sister” which explains much about the relationship with his sister and the rest of the family without pages of details. The reader is challenged to think about the characters, setting, and story. Nothing is simply handed to the reader. It is an intellectual summons.

The stories range from a few pages down to twenty-five words. Many of the stories have a serious tone, but surprisingly Michael Martone’s twenty-five-word story also has a twenty-five-word title -- playing jest with the shortness of the story. These stories have appeared in Fiction Southeast, Tahoma Literary Review, and many other publications. Also appearing are two stories from Rift, a joint effort between Kathy Fish and Robert Vaughan, which I reviewed last year.

The stories this year cover a range of topics. Admittedly, some stories took reading through twice before I fully grasped the context. Stories like Amelia Gray’s “We Are the Fables” hit hard on the first read. Janey Skinner’s “Carnivores” views a family and a neighboring spider plant through the “eyes” of a Venus fly trap; it is an interesting perspective told in just three pages. “Illusions” by Curtis Smith brings together reality, fantasy and where they blur. The authors take the reader from nuclear fusion (Laird Hunt) to mental breakdown (Nancy Ludmerer) and everywhere in between.

The Best Small Fictions 2016 lives up to offering the best in the field. All the stories in the collection offer the reader something unique. Although I am fairly new to short fictions,they have been growing on me over the last year or so. These stories show that there is much more to a short fiction than being a "small" story. It is a craft and an art that shows that greater things can be delivered with fewer words.

A special thanks to Queen's Ferry Press for allowing me early access to The Best Small Fictions 2016
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evil_cyclist | Mar 16, 2020 |



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