In Brief

W.W. NORTON  |  1999

edited with Mary Paumier Jones

Publishers Weekly said: “Even readers skeptical of short-attention-span publishing will find these shorts addictive.” In their previous collection Judith Kitchen and Mary Paumier Jones coined the term “short” for those creative nonfiction pieces–literary rather than informational, and characteristically short–that are attracting our finest writers.

Now, with a more introspective focus, this new collection emphasizes the personal as “a way of seeing the world, of expressing an interior life. It is intimate without being maudlin, it is private without being secret.” In each piece (all under 2,000 words), imagination becomes a way to explore reality. The real world we are fortunate enough to live in is revealed as endlessly rich and deep.

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