LITQUAKE SAN FRANCISCO SHORT FICTION – In October, I was lucky to attend an author discussion titled The Art of Short Fiction. My take on the recurring themes from the discussions follows. The short story is a spare, economic, single action work that’s digestible in one sitting. Similar to a poem, a short contains nothing extraneous and it starts as close to the end as possible. In either the long form or short form, belief is suspended and the reader goes somewhere new. The file attached to this post is a free download, MP3 voice recording, taken from the panel discussion.