Short Fiction to Read When You Should Be Working

Sometimes it is helpful to take a break from work while still giving the appearance of feverish focus. After all, empty desks give budget-crunched bosses bad ideas. So, rather than slipping out for a cup of coffee, or even to go to the bathroom, casually send your browser over to Fifty-Two Stories, a website sponsored by Harper Perennial featuring a new short story each week for the entire year.


Carol Windley's "What Saffi Knew" is the selection this week. The site has also run Willa Cather's "The Sculptor's Funeral"; a story from Louise Erdrich's latest collection, which Valerie Sayers reviewed for Book World; and pieces by Tom Piazza and Mary Gaitskill, among others.

Now, isn't that a better way to start the week than slogging through your in-box?

By Rachel Hartigan Shea |  March 2, 2009; 7:00 AM ET Rachel Hartigan Shea
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Narrative Magazine also does something similar that's worth checking out — a mix of new stories and classics, one each week. The link to that archive is here:

http://narrativemagazine.com/great-stories/stories-week-2008-2009

They also do a poem of the week, for folks with even shorter attention spans (or with bosses who pop in more often):

http://narrativemagazine.com/great-stories/poems-week-2008-2009

Posted by: arttaylor | March 2, 2009 9:39 AM

Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I always steal a chapter or two during lunch just to maintain my sanity, and now I have a options if I need them.

Posted by: The_Dude_Abides1 | March 4, 2009 1:59 PM

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