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Notes from the arts world

By prospect   May 2005

The US short story Forget the American novel; it’s the American short story that really shows up British literary culture. Why? One answer is magazines. Not only are US writers, readers and publishers more interested in the form, they have a varied crop of classy generalist journals in which the story thrives. So it comes as a bit of a surprise to find that the Atlantic Monthly, the oldest of the great American magazines, has just decided to drop its short stories. Instead, it will publish an extra issue a year dedicated entirely to fiction. “We don’t want to lose…

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