Thursday, September 2

Short and sweet

The Brutal Language of Love changed my mind about short stories. Normally, I'm not a short story girl -- I always feel like I'm left wanting. If the writing is good, I want it to last forever. Well, Erian's writing is good -- very good -- and I wanted it to last forever, yet I was satisfied at the end of each story. Her writing is sharp, witty, honest, and sexy. Her economy of words is inspiring. I've already said I want to be her when I grow up, but I'm willing to say it again. She's inspired me to stay on the short-story track: Now I'm reading Mary Gaitskill's Bad Behavior.

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