Sunday, July 19, 2009

a secret

I always feel pleased with myself when I read short fiction.

Like, ANYONE can read a novel. But it takes a certain special someone to appreciate a short story. Right?

So I was reading a book of short stories (this one), loving it AND nodding approvingly at myself in my head, until I flipped to the back cover to read the author bio.

"His work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Harper's, The New Yorker, Playboy and Story."

WHAT? One of these things is not like the others. One of these things just doesn't belong.

Or is being published in Playboy really a literary accomplishment? Or is that a joke?

So now I've gone from nodding approvingly to shaking my head disappointedly at the authors I choose to support.

Shame, shame.

p.s. the reason I didn't update this blog for 2 weeks was because I liked seeing that the blog had 111 entries when I looked at my dashboard. it's not because I'm an uninteresting person with a boring life. really.

but really. I'm lying. I'm a boring sack of boredom.


The Boob Nazi said...

I'm a boring person, and I still blog. No excuse.

Kristina P. said...

Don't you know? Most men read Playboy for the articles.

Kristina said...

Short stories are my favorite. A well-done short story, at least.

In other news, Playboy does publish reputable works of fiction. There is no doubt that it's taken a backseat to other things in recent years, but back when Playboy was more of a gentleman's magazine and less of a BOOBS magazine, it was a good place to get published. Check it:,,300844,00.html

Don't be ashamed.

Blair said...

Hey Boring sack of boredom. I've been WAITING for you to update. so yeah, when I was a kid one of my friend's older cousins was looking at a playboy magazine and showed me that it actually had articles in it. WOW. I had no idea. I thought it was just boobs. And it mostly is, but words too. I still don't think I would be proud to be published in it though.

Andy said...

I read a book about camping and was totally hooked. It was all about philosophy of survival and who lives and dies in disasters, etc. I really felt like I was being prepared for the great trials of outdoor life till he mentioned that he was camping once when his situation with his wife was falling apart and he was writing for Playboy. "Loser," I thought.

Lindsay Gunnell said...

Ha funny. It peaks my interest in reading it even more. Who can publish in both the Atlantic and Playboy I ask. They must be truly good at entertaining. And that is what makes a great short story.