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"To me a short story is a defined traditional form, the sort of thing that Hemingway wrote, or Katherine Mansfield or Chekhov. It is longer, more ­developed, with narrated scenes and dialogue and so on. You could call some of my stories proper short stories. Most of the others I wouldn't call short ­stories, even though many are very short. Some you could call ­poems—not many." ― Lydia Davis

"If I didn't try to eavesdrop on every bus ride I take or look for the humour when I go for a walk, I would just be depressed all the time." ― Lynda Barry

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