On NPR’s Weekend Edition last Saturday, May 21, 2011, while talking with Roddy Doyle about his new story collection, Bullfighting, the usually savvy Scott Simon asked: “Do you write short stories just to warm up these days?”
“No, not at all,” Doyle answered (thank God.) He went on to say more, including how short stories often encapsulate for him “little moments in a life that seemed to be quite revelatory.”
C’mon, Scott! You, yourself are a writer. You should know that we short story writers have a hard enough time getting folks to respect the form. A little help, here, please.
The rest of this interview can be found at the NPR website.
Gerard Woodward, one of our conversationalists on the short story, reviewed Bullfighting for The Guardian recently, and said this about Doyle’s work with the short form: “Scenes are conjured from a few dabs, narratives held together with invisible thread. It is a technique he has been honing since his earliest books, and one that is particularly suited to the short story.”
Sounds like more than just a warm-up act to me, Scott Simon.
Oh, and one more thing–the UK cover of Bullfighting looks like this:
Why does the American version have Doyle’s name the most prominent image on the book, do you suppose? Does it have something to do with our celebrity fascination? Are we more willing to buy the guy than his stories? Hmmm…