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Art Kavanagh
Author of A Falling Body, “a bizarrely inventive story"
Author of A Falling Body, “a bizarrely inventive story"


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Throw everything into the Mix
I’m trying to build up a modest following on Mix—which, in case you’re not clear about it, is a “discovery engine” whose purpose is to help you to find new things on the web. Its founder, Garret Camp, argues that we’re now entering a fourth stage in the development of the web. First, we had directories and portals, like Yahoo. Then came search (otherwise known as Google). After that there was social media. The new stage, he believes, is set to be one of “curated discovery”. Algorithms haven’t been doing a good enough job at turning up the best webpages, pictures, videos and music. Clearly an element of human curation is needed, and Camp and his team have designed Mix to provide it.

Camp should know what he’s talking about. He was one of the cofounders of StumbleUpon which, since it started in 2001, has been one of the most successful discovery engines on the internet. Mix is built on the experience and expertise derived from StumbleUpon but with a number of refinements.

I’ve created 7 collections (previously called mixes) so far, all having to do with books and fiction. They include Writers on Writing; Book Reviews; Reading List; and Short Stories. If these match your interests, why not follow me on Mix? I look forward to connecting with you there. You can read more on Medium by clicking the image below, or find my collections at
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Short fiction on Medium newsletter No. 49
After a year on Tinyletter, I’ve decided to move the newsletter to a group hosted on A group seems more flexible than a mailing list, in that it gives members more choice as to how they receive notifications, and it allows group replies and discussion. I’ll continue to post the newsletter to this Google+ collection but I would urge you to join the group as well/instead, because of the greater flexibility and the opportunity to take a more active part.

Anyway, here is the first issue of the newsletter coming to you from I hope you enjoy it.
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”Making Conversation”, a short story by William Trevor
You can read “Making Conversation”, from the late William Trevor’s Last Stories on Electric Literature.
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Examining my use of social media
I posted this yesterday. I'm already not sure I agree with it.
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Short fiction on Medium newsletter No. 48
This week, I’m recommending two authors who have been in the newsletter before. Until now, I’ve only ever had, at most, one repeat offender per issue. However, I can’t see any good reason to adhere stubbornly to this practice, particularly as it’s a special occasion. This is the last issue for the first half of 2018, which means that the newsletter is about a year old. I’ll therefore be closing the current archive page and starting a new one, “Recommended short fiction on Medium—3”, from next week.

Valerie Hilal, “Ghost Story”
Valerie Hilal is the first of today’s authors to be making a return appearance. This is story about how a mother’s concern for her son’s peace of mind outweighs even the “promise of a surprise ending”.

Zak Alvarez, “When We Were Poor”
A man who “got out” revisits a bar in his old neighbourhood and feels nostalgic for the time when he was poor. A dispassionately written story which allows us to see the attraction of the narrator’s point of view, without disguising its self-indulgent quality.

Jonathan Carroll, “Nothing to Declare”
At last, a second appearance by Jonathan Carroll. This one’s much longer than the previous story of his that I included; it’s a very substantial tale of an atypical romance which begins when a sleep-deprived man tells an accidental, wholly unintentional lie to a waitress.

Finally, a piece by me on Medium in which I ask whether the “novelette” is a suitable form for crime fiction:
I’ll be back next week with more recommendations.
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Aphantasia: my posts on Medium
Here’s a list in chronological order of the various pieces I’ve posted on Medium over the past 2 months or so, on the subject of aphantasia.

Straight “A”s
Aphantasia is not a disability Click the image below for this one
Aphantasia, memory and self-image
There is no plan A
Deficient episodic memory in my short story “The Bourne Indeterminacy”
Might Aphantasia be learned behaviour?
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Mix collection: Short stories on the internet
I have several collections (formerly known as mixes) on, which are focused on literature and, in particular, short fiction. My Short Stories collection has links to some excellent stories that you can read on the internet. (It doesn’t include stories on Medium because I have a separate collection for them.)

Many of the stories in this collection are on the Irish Times website, including the most recent addition, Mia Gallagher’s “All Bones”. I’ll be adding more stories regularly.
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The “novelette” enjoys a revival?
What do you call a 9,500 word short story? A “novelette” is one possibility. But I think I prefer long short story.
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Short fiction on Medium newsletter No. 47
The next newsletter will be the last one in June. Among other things, I’ll be updating my list of the best short fiction writers on the platform (by which I mean those who’ve featured in the newsletter more than once). This week, Classical Sass joins them, an overdue addition.

Michelle Matthews, “Your Things—Flash Fiction”
A grieving mother lists the things her son left behind and the much shorter list of things he took with him. A powerful tale of loss and grief, told in very controlled, precise prose.

Dave Araki, “Cover Up”
A roller does not apply the paint evenly, it’s better to use a brush. Except, of course, when painting over the reminders of a boy’s first crush. A nicely judged story, written in response to a Weekly Knob prompt.

Classical Sass, “How Was Your Day?”
Classical Sass first appeared in issue 3 of the newsletter—nearly a full year ago. I’ve been looking forward to her reappearance almost since then. Cassie, a perceptive storyteller with an eye for conflict, has always entertained her family with vivid tales from school. But recently she’s started to insist that the teachers and students are undergoing a mysterious change. This is a members-only story.

Till next week, when I’ll have three more recommendations.
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Brad Mehldau trio, Seymour Reads the Constitution
I recently tried to buy the Brad Mehldau Trio album, Seymour Reads the Constitution! from the iTunes store. I live in Ireland, and was using the Irish branch of the iTunes store. There was no “Purchase album” button, so I bought each of the individual songs, or so I thought. Only afterwards did I notice that “Ten Tune” wasn’t included. It seems not to be available from iTunes (at least in Ireland).

I really want to complete the purchase of the album, so I wondered if +nonesuchrecords have any plans to make “Ten Tune” available in the iTunes store. If not, is there anywhere else I can get it without having to repurchase the whole album?

I'm grateful for any information.
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