Fall 1969 • Vol. XXXI No. 4 The International Symposium on the Short Story, Part ThreeJanuary 1, 1969 |

Japan

A student newspaper once asked me for my views on the potentialities of the short story. I replied that although I gave thought to the actual short stories I might be about to write at the moment, or that I might want to write in the future, I had never given any consideration to the "potentialities of the short story" as such. Basically, I feel a compulsion to write; I want to write; and, on a more practical level, I need to write if I am to make a living. And I happen to have the habit, whenever I am moved to write, of thinking in terms of the short story rather than the novel. For me, the short story feels a more natural medium. I suppose this means that my personal predisposition (assuming that all writers have innate predispositions) fits me for the short story. Be that as it may, I prefer anything short to anything long. Not only in fiction, but in anything written, brevity has its own attraction for me. I like the essay, for example, because one never comes across

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By Mario Picchi, translated by Adele Plotkin

A student newspaper once asked me for my views on the potentialities of the short story. I replied that although I gave thought to the actual short stories I might […]

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