You Have Time for This: Contemporary American Short-Short Stories

You Have Time for This: Contemporary American Short-Short Stories

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You Have Time for This: Contemporary American Short-Short Stories by Mark Budman

This collection takes the modern reader on fifty-three literary rides, each one only five hundred words or less. Mark Budman and Tom Hazuka, two of the top names in the genre, have compiled an anthology of mini-worlds as diverse as the authors who created them.

Contributing writers include Steve Almond, author of My Life in Heavy Metal and Candy-freak; Aimee Bender, author of The Girl in the Flammable Skirt; Robert Boswell, author of five novels including Century’s Son; Alex Irvine, author of A Scattering of Jades; L. E. Leone, who writes a weekly humorous column about food and life for the San Francisco Bay Guardian; Justine Musk, author of dark-fantasy novels including Blood Angel; Susan O’Neill, writer of nonfiction and fiction with a book of short stories Don’t Mean Nothing: Short Stories of Vietnam; and Katharine Weber author of several novels, her most recent is Triangle.

From Buddha to beer, sex to headless angels, there’s a story here for everyone. In You Have Time for This you will find: 

Flash fiction from forty-four authors

Works from across the globe

Highly regarded authors from all types of genres

Fresh work from emerging writers

Fifty-three stand-alone pieces that tie the world together

Enjoy. You have time for this.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932010176
Publisher: Ooligan Press
Publication date: 11/01/2007
Pages: 135
Product dimensions: 5.82(w) x 7.24(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Mark Budman was born and raised in the former Soviet Union. He is the publisher of the flash fiction magazine Vestal Review, which didn't prevent him from getting a patent for a device that allows scents to be transmitted by multimedia. He lives in upstate New York with his wife, two daughters, and one inquisitive male cat.

Tom Hazuka teaches in the English Department at Central Connecticut State University.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Mark Budman

Sleeping; Katharine Weber

Reunification; Steve Almond

The Dead; Beverly A. Jackson

Maybe a Superhero; Deb Olin Unferth

Clawd; G. W. Cox

Indian Casino; David Schuman

The Man with the Shovel; Chauna Craig

Parting WaysRandall DeVallance

The Story of You; Justine Musk

The Dark Side of the Moon; Mark Budman

Homeward Bound; Tom Hazuka

The Argument for a Shotgun; L.E. Leone

Damn Irene; Susan O’Neill

Black Silk; Ian Randall Wilson

In Flight; Michelle Richmond

All It Loves; Avital Gad-Cykman

Headless Angel; Tom Hazuka

La Guaca; Daniel A. Olivas

Memento Mori; Susan O’Neill

Infarction; Kellie Wells

Buddha’s Happy Family Jewels; Vylar Kaftan

Sleep-over; Bonnie Jo Campbell

7:23 p.m.; Sherrie Flick

ExerciseBruce Taylor

Family Therapy; Pamela Painter A Room of Frozen Dust; Marge Ballif Simon

Skins on Sule Skerry; Sonya Taaffe

Lamp; Sarah Arellano

Beached; Jessica Treat

Beer and Gunplay; Neno Perrotta

The Illustrated Woman; Pedro Ponce

Nebraska Men; Sherrie Flick

The Diary of a Salaryman; Mark Budman

Snapdragons; Alex Irvine

The House and the Homeowner; L. E. Leone

Rapture; Gayle Brandeis

The Human Pyramid; Neno Perrotta

The House Broods Over Us; Bruce Boston

The Curse of Fat FaceMichael A. Arnzen

The Mouth; Lincoln Michel

WrongAimee Bender

Centerfold; John Briggs

Divadlo; Dave Fromm

On Holiday; Chauna Craig

Gatwick Blues; Kay Sexton

The Lothario; M. J. Rose

What You Can Learn in a Bar; Robert Reynolds

La Luna de los Tres Limones; Steve Frederick

How Could a Mother?; Bruce Holland Rogers

Utilitarianism; Tom Hazuka

Three Soldiers; Bruce Holland Rogers

Skin DeepRobert Boswell

No Questions Asked; Patrick Weekes

 

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You Have Time for This: Contemporary American Short-Short Stories 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
rlulic More than 1 year ago
The title pretty much says it: You do have time for this book. It’s a collection of short short stories – basically flash fiction, of the highest order. Other than a few instances of somewhat mature content, the stories in this book should appeal to a broad audience. Right off the bat, you’re pulled in by that first story with its intriguing premise, but probably my favorite was The Argument for a Shotgun – it was pretty funny. If you like literary fiction but don’t have much time to sit and read, this book is perfect
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This collection of flash fiction--bare bone stories no more than five hundred words each--includes a wide variety of stories that, despite their brevity, have a complete beginning, middle, and end. The stories include (among others): the thoughts of two people who meet in an airplane; an unappreciative husband's karma catching up with him; a divorced couple dining out at a Chinese restaurant; and a mentally unhinged and jealous victim of unrequited love. Oh, yes, there's a bizarre science fiction story involving characters who are experiencing a disturbing metamorphosis...but I recommend that you take the time to read the book yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A top notch selection of flash fiction by some of the best writers in the USA. I strongly urge readers to make time for this suberb collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A new collection of American flash-fiction, YHTFT is proof that one does not need to use many words in order to have impact. While it is extremely hard to portray a story, nevermind a feeling of satisfaction, in 500 words, the contributors to this book have accomplished just that. Edited by Mark Budman, co-editor of 'Vestal Review,' and Tom Hazuka, who has been credited with the co-creation of the term 'flash fiction,' this compilation is perfect for the typical American. Keep it in the bathroom, the cubicle, or even bedside. Feel satisfied by high literary quality in a flash.