Lydia Davis writes short stories. Like really short stories. Some in this collection are a paragraph. Some are only one sentence. She is clearly questioning and redefining, with oddball style and irony, what the short story is. She reminds me a bit of Donald Barthleme's post-modern, playful take on the short story and both of them can be seen as an influence on the McSweeney's house style. I can't really say if I enjoyed it or not, but it was interesting.
I'm not sure I understand much of Lydia Davis' work but some of her short stories sure ARE short! She also manages to inject plenty of quirky humor into her style.
For example -- although we librarians hate to be 'spoilers' -- I can share with you that the title story in its entirety is:
"Samuel Johnson is indignant....that Scotland has so few trees." ??!!!
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