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The Demise of the American Short Story
Anxious Love, short stories by Anthony S. Maulucci

The American reader’s interest in the short story waxes and wanes, and right now the popularity of this great art form is on the upswing. Unfortunately, the stories being published today are very faint echoes of the classic glimpses into the human condition which were being penned as recently as 40 years ago. Kurt Vonnegut’s Welcome to the Monkey House may have been the last collection of truly masterful American stories. Most of what is written today does not impress me in the least, being the mentholated versions of true stories and the idiot products of inbreeding among graduate writing schools. If this trend continues much longer, the short story will need Vonnegut’s spirit to come back and perform the last rites.