Briefly Noted | The short story gets big – The Irish Times – Sat, Feb 25, 2012

Rather nice piece on short stories in the Irish Times this weekend. Well worth a read:

So what’s the story? Is it all just a coincidence or is something new in the literary air?

Our passion for electronic media provides part of the answer. Bloomsbury spells it out in an online introduction to its spring story series: “In the last few years there’s been a perceptible growth in enthusiasm for short stories, as opinion and debate are distilled into 140 characters, the internet stealthily erodes our attention span, and advertisers train our minds to receive and buy into new ideas in 30 seconds. As life speeds up, so does our appreciation of ‘short’ and the appeal of a story is perfectly crafted to the length of a commute, a lunch break, the last minutes of the day before switching off the light.”

via The short story gets big – The Irish Times – Sat, Feb 25, 2012.