Tuesday, July 16, 2013


When I was an undergraduate in the late 1980s, I wrote a series of extremely short narratives that I called "shorter stories." Now it seems everyone, including Lydia Davis, is famous for doing something similar. Alberto Chimal wrote a series of short narratives about cities on Twitter that has recently been translated by the great Spanish translator George Henson. It reminds me of Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities. Here is a small sampling.
No one knows if the city of N really exists or if perhaps it’s another city, disguised, with another name. #Cities 
The city of Ñ isn’t where they say. Some say it doesn’t exist; others, that its inhabitants exist and are known by their language. #Cities 
From Alberto Chimal's The Cities of the Ordered Chain, trans. George Henson. You can read the entire series in a few minutes online by following the link.


  1. You were ahead of your time. Get that shit out there!

  2. Then again, I recently read a quote/bit of advice that I liked a lot, and that might resonate with you as well.

    "The only difference between being published and not being published, is being published."