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Cultural tourist

By prospect   December 2005

Ali Smith’s nymph This month’s short story by Ali Smith is “true” in two senses. It’s about the current demand for the cancer drug Herceptin, and it’s about the idea of stories themselves. The cancer aspect speaks for itself, but for readers who like to know their references we can reveal the full source of Smith’s parody of a discussion about whether the short story is like a nymph or not. It all started at the launch of the National Short Story prize in August. Press releases went out citing a remark made one day in the Prospect offices: “The…

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