Authors, Writers, Publishers, and Book Readers
In making her 63rd book selection on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," the queen of talk said she never before had given a book of short stories the nod because, she explained, "usually short stories leave you wanting something and you're like, `Huh, what happened?"
No, it is not a fair assessment. What's she been reading? I've never read short stories or essays and felt shortchanged in any way by them.
I've suffered through novels that were 400 pages of rubbish thinking they would get better and read short stories that were a dozen pages of sheer magic. If anything a short story is tighter because it's so condensed. That isn't the same as unfinished. She needs to read more of them if that's her experience.
Scribbler, I think you're right. I can remember reading the short story collection, Tales of the Unexpected, by Roald Dahl after seeing the TV series in the UK. I was blown away by them. It was my first encounter with short stories and I was amazed at how good they were.