The Secret History of Art spent a month reading a great short story every night and writing a short response essay to it each morning. The plan was to immerse myself in the short story genre, to ingest 30 great writers in a short time span, and to gather ideas and tricks of the trade to apply to my own writing. An essay on the project was published in The New Haven Review, and each essay of mine will likewise be published by them, one each day. You can read the responses or even read along with the short story and then check out the essay. At the end of the project, I will write my own short story, complete with annotations referencing the stories I read in this project.
The first two essays are online already, beginning with Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek” and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil.” Enjoy and happy reading!
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