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  •  Oh, as for re-reading: (15+ / 0-)

    probably Chekhov, more than anyone.  His effects are so precise and so perfectly shaded that I can't stay away... and his stories are so short that it's easy to dip into them frequently for return visits.

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 05:15:23 PM PDT

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    •  Have you read (3+ / 0-)
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      Dorothy Parker's short-short story "The Waltz"?

      Perfection in about three pages.

      I've enjoyed Parker's reviews more than her fiction, in general, but "The Waltz" is a masterpiece.

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 07:38:24 PM PDT

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      •  I did just now... Thanks! (3+ / 0-)
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        Loved it, especially:

        I'd love to waltz with you. I'd love to waltz with you. I'd love to have my tonsils out, I'd love to be in a midnight fire at sea.
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        Still if we were back at the table, I'd probably have to talk to him. Look at him -- what could you say to a thing like that! Did you go to the circus this year, what's your favorite kind of ice cream, how do you spell cat?

        Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

        by pico on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 07:46:49 PM PDT

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        •  Some of my favorites (2+ / 0-)
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          involve when he steps on her feet.

          But yes, it's the incongruity between what she says and what she's thinking that make the story so, well, true.

          Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

          by Youffraita on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 08:13:34 PM PDT

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