Monday, August 28, 2006

Short, but Sweet

TLS Short Stories
Edited by Lindsay Duguid
The Times Literary Supplement, 2003. 171 p.
ISBN 1-841221-62-7. (Available only to new subscribers)

In September 1998, Julian Barnes published a short story titled "Vigilance" in the Times Literary Supplement. Set in a concert hall, Barnes's protagonist discusses his displeasure with the audience's behavior and outlines strict methods for dealing with errant coughs and annoying shifting in seats. The irony of the narrator's confessional is enhanced by his direct reference to the reader and his personal stance on public interactions.

"Vigilance" is just one of sixteen stories from the pages of the Times Literary Supplement gathered together in TLS Short Stories. Other authors include Dan Jacobson, Penelope Fitzgerald, and Tibor Fischer.

For a limited time, this book is offered as a gift for new subscribers.

-- Ryan Roberts, May 2003

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