Monday, November 18, 2013
"For many readers, a happy ending is a requirement. I don't mean a simplistic happy ending, but one that's been earned - by hardship and mishap, by dedicated labor and determination and faith, by good character overcoming bad luck. My own tolerance for happy endings, however, is very low. I don't believe in them. I think this may explain why I approve of short stories, in general, more often than I do of novels. Novels tend toward the restored and offered world; they tend toward happiness, hard-earned and bittersweet as it may be, while short stories tend otherwise. They are less conclusive, less closed, less ordered and unchaotic."
- Antonya Nelson - "Lost in the Woods" - The Writer's Notebook
|Passage de la Tour - a sculpture by Jan Reymond|
So happy to have a little story, "The Last I Saw Mitsou," included in the Guest Folio (edited by Elizabeth Graver) of Post Road Magazine's Issue 25. The picture above of Jan Reymond's sculpture, "Passage de la Tour," was the story's prompt. The mystery of the entrance and what might be inside led to the story of Mitsou.
“A story is not like a road to follow … it's more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling where you like and discovering how the room and corridors relate to each other, how the world outside is altered by being viewed from these windows. And you, the visitor, the reader, are altered as well by being in this enclosed space, whether it is ample and easy or full of crooked turns, or sparsely or opulently furnished. You can go back again and again, and the house, the story, always contains more than you saw the last time. It also has a sturdy sense of itself of being built out of its own necessity, not just to shelter or beguile you.”
― Alice Munro