A Love Story?

I read because of short stories like “Here We Aren’t, So Quickly,” by Jonathan Safran Foer.  It’s from the June 14/21, 2010 issue of The New Yorker–the “20 under 40″ issue (20 stories by 20 of the best new writers under 40; 8 stories in this issue, the other 12 to follow, one at a time, in the next 12 issues).

I don’t know what “Here We Aren’t, So Quickly” is, exactly.  I’m not sure what to do with it.  It’s literary pointillism.  It’s a collage of sentences that feel like sinkholes but somehow bleed into each other to create a picture that couldn’t been realized any other way.  It’s a picture made up of pictures–and it’s a thing of beauty.

Unfortunately, you can’t access it online unless you subscribe, but here’s the link: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/covers/2010.  This story, by itself, is worth subscribing (or at the very least, picking up the 20-under-40 issue from your local bookstore).

Here’s a link to some interesting background on the story from another blog: http://may-on-the-short-story.blogspot.com/2010/07/new-yorkers-20-under-40-rivka-galchen.html.

About the author

Brent D. Beal is an associate professor of management in the College of Business and Technology at the University of Texas at Tyler. In his spare time, he enjoys debating religious and political issues, reading and writing short stories, playing Scrabble, and hanging out with his wife and their three kids.

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  1. Marilyn mehr says:

    O.K., Brent. So much for appreciation of those other guys under 40. How about a short story from you? Pointillist or not, I’ll read it. MM


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