Books: Short People

THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 1978

Edited by Ted Solotaroff

Houghton Mifflin; 398 pages; $10.95

PRIZE STORIES 1979: THE O. HENRY AWARDS

Edited by William Abrahams

Doubleday; 334 pages; $10

The short story is like an old friend who calls whenever he is in town. We are happy to hear from it, we casually fan the embers of past intimacies, buy it lunch. But we seem to have less in common these days. It is a bit of an embarrassment. The short story is earnest and intense as always. It is hard to tell it that movies are more fun. And there are...

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