October 19, 2004

Nice Shooting At A Moving Target

"...a knifeóstrongly made, well balanced, and with an absolute minimum of moving parts. -Michael Swanwick

"...looking through a keyhole. A novel is a 360-degree panoramic window. -Matthew Klam
"...something you could do in a fit of passion...Writing a novel is more like a marriage. -Mary Morris
"...a weekend guest, [and] a novel is like a divorced relative staying with you. -Lev Raphael"

What is a short story like? Right after she quotes a vivid assortment of writers' metaphors, Cup of Chicha rolls out some persuasive arguments that call into question writers'--or anyone's--ability to explain short stories conclusively.

What, I wonder, too hungry at the moment to Google, are the analogous metaphors for understanding short films?

A short story is like... [cup of chicha]
"short film is like" [Google]

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