Short Flights

Short Flights

Thirty-two Modern Writers Share Aphorisms of Insight, Inspiration, and Wit

Paperback - 2015
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A compilation of satirical and philosophical aphorisms from modern writers on the cutting edge of their craft

A unique anthology that draws together the work and musings of our leading pioneers of short-form writing, this book features writers who take this time-honored literary form to new heights. Concise, wise, and sometimes terse or humorous, aphorisms are short phrases that are often instructional or moralistic. With a brief introductory piece from each author and a generous sampling of each individual's particular take on the aphorism, the reader is presented with a vast trove of wit, wisdom, insight, and inspiration, as well as new ways to look at language, words, and writing. From "Nothing dirtier than old soap" to "He doesn't need imagination--he's got money," the writers expound upon their favorite adages. The contributors range from prize-winning poets Charles Simic and Stephen Dobyns to bestselling authors like James Geary, David Shields, and experimental writers such as Olivia Dresher and Yahia Lababidi. Short Flights is sure to intrigue and delight all lovers of literature, language, and wordplay.
Publisher: Tucson, Arizona : Schaffner Press, 2015.
Edition: First Paperback Edition.
ISBN: 9781936182886
1936182882
Characteristics: xxiii, 239 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Lough, James - Editor
Stein, Alex - Editor

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Sep 16, 2016

This is a collection of quips by 2 - 3 dozen writers, and a few essays on the genre.
Except for the notorious pop icon [of 60's to 90's], Ashleigh Brilliant [funny- and unique in that he added equally witty period illustrations], they're all 'literary' writers. The writers they mention as idols seem to me to be turgid- like Borges only minus the talent.

But with this many entrants you're bound to find something you like.
The tone tends to be a bit lah-de-dah overall, and the books goal of fostering the genre is unlikely to succeed [pedantic analyses don't help writers write].
If you're interested in the subject you'll probably be better off with a compendium of such [Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, Quotationary, etc.].

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