Thanksgiving is around the corner. I’d love to get your thoughts or suggestions for stories or poems concerning the upcoming “day of Thanksgiving and Praise,” as Abraham Lincoln referred to it. Before the holiday arrives, enjoy the offerings below.
This week’s short story selections includes “Local Talent,” a bit of original fiction from W.S. Moore, III. Moore’s short story is an intriguing noirish exploration of a hustler practicing his “craft.” Also linked below is “The Gentleman Thief,” a short story from “the winner of the Bita Prize in Persian Letters.” It is an amazing “story of a girl faced with the violence of the [Islamic] state.”
Other short fiction offerings come from The Christendom Review, “a literary journal dedicated to the Diaspora of Christendom, that remnant of people who either deliberately or intuitively subscribe to the Judeo-Christian and ancient Greek traditions of the West and to a particular vision of humanity, a vision explored by many of our finest writers.”
This week’s essays include, “Comic Romance,” an article from the journal, Philosophy and Literature, about two genres, comedy and heroic romance, and “the kinds of wish and fear they evoke in us.”
Wright’s Writing Corner continues and includes a very special appeal, unrelated to fiction but extremely important, nonetheless. If nothing else in this post interests you, please check out this link below, and share with anyone who you think may be interested.
Finally, I present two links to poetry, also from The Christendom Review.
- “Local Talent” by W. S. Moore, III
- “The Gentleman Thief” by Goli Taraghi (Translated from the Persian by Faridoun Farrokh)
- “What Child is This?” by Rick Barnett
- “Silence” by Smith Kirkpatrick
Commentary and Criticism:
- Comic Romance by Benjamin La Farge
- Reflections on Benjamin Button by Henry Alexander
- Getting the Elephant off the Baby: A Look Back at John Gardner’s On Moral Fiction by Beth Impson
- Scientists Fallen Among Poets by Algis Valiunas
- An Interview with Arthur Koestler – The Art of Fiction No. 80 from the Paris Review
- Man of Principle: The Passions of Arthur Koestler by Roger Boylan
News, Reviews and tidbits:
- Thinking in Pairs with Poets and Scientists – Russell Kirk Center Post-Doctoral Fellow, Joseph T. Stuart reviews Robert Frost: The Poet as Philosopher by Peter J. Stanlis and Practical Mystic: Religion, Science, and A. S. Eddington by Matthew Stanley.
- Fall of Giants – Review of Ken Follett’s first book in the Century Trilogy.
- Same Day E-Book Sales Propel Grisham’s Thriller
- Visual Storytelling
- Books to Read After Harry Potter
- No Brainer – Edward Tenner, a contributing editor of The Wilson Quarterly, reviews The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr, and Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age by Clay Shirky.
The Writing Life:
Wright’s Writing Corner: Raising the Stakes, and a special appeal, unrelated to fiction, for a little boy looking for a permanent home.
Poetry Corner – Two from the New English Review:
The Testament by Mark Anthony Signorelli
Mark Signorelli is a Contributing Editor to the New English Review. In this brief interview, he comments on “how modern scientific certainty has gradually displaced older humanistic notions of truth and led to the cultural relativism we have today.”
Funeral Song by Ágnes Gergely (translated from the Hungarian by Thomas Ország-Land)
Ágnes Gergely (b. 1933), poet, novelist, scholar. A proud descendant of generations of rabbis and men of letters, she was one of the first major Hungarian writers to explore in public print during the Soviet era the long-suppressed experience of East European Holocaust survivors. She is a recipient of the prestigious Kossuth Literary Prize.