Category Archives: Stefen

Paper Airplanes

My short story Paper Airplanes has been published by Day One, a weekly literary magazine run by Amazon. I’m very happy that the story has finally found a home. First draft to final version took three years. In that span … Continue reading

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Where Stories Come From: Failed Poems

I’m a short-story writer by temperament and inclination. By temperament, I mean what grabs my imagination is usually the stuff of short stories: a line of dialogue, a chance meeting, a curious detail – small moments after which things are … Continue reading

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Best Small Fictions 2017

My review of Best Small Fictions 2017 is up on the SmokeLong Quarterly site. As with all book reviews, there’s a bit of culling that has to be done when writing about an anthology of stories. A typical review doesn’t … Continue reading

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Marjorie Prime: A Film by Michael Almereyda

My latest movie review is up at Litbreak. I’d also recommend Almereyda’s 2015 entertaining, po-mo mashup of a film Experimenter which deals with similar ideas of how perception creates reality.

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Wind River: A Film By Taylor Sheridan

Monday Movie Review. My latest is up on Litbreak. The editors over there would love it if you gave it a look (as well as the site’s great fiction and poetry) and maybe even left a comment. Wind River

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Don’t Be Afraid of Your Characters

A while back I wrote the blog post Don’t Be Afraid to Tell Your Story. In it I discussed the way Roxane Gay plunges into a story without much, if any, background, and how that makes her work powerfully captivating. … Continue reading

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Kicking/Screaming Into the Digital Age

I resisted for so long, but in the end succumb. I am now on Twitter. You can find me here: @Stefen_Styrsky

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Moka: A Film by Frédéric Mermoud

My latest film review is up at the Litbreak website. If you have a chance, please check it out!  

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The Onus Is On Us

I’ve been reading POP! by Mark Polanzak. It’s his “fictional memoir” about his life after his father died from a heart attack when he was seventeen years old. He calls it a fictional memoir because he says fictionalizing the events … Continue reading

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The Bad Batch

It’s a movie by the inventive writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour. (Her first film  A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night was described as a Persian vampire spaghetti Western.)  I reviewed The Bad Batch for Litbreak. If you have a chance, … Continue reading

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