You can relax and be more or less formless if you write a novel, but a short story demands your full and complete attention, your great care, and a large talent for selectivity and compression. Mason Powell’s collection of short stories is excellent when it comes to selectivity. He seems unerringly aware that there is a magic moment for him; he knows how to select it and to let it unfold convincingly. His selectivity includes not only the certain things that will convey the story, but also those mysterious qualities that make the reader imaginatively aware of things that are not told. Often what is not told is equally as important as what is, and the careful reader will see that Powell knows this to be true.
These stories run almost the whole range of types and styles... If you read these stories attentively you will find almost all of the principles of aesthetics represented here in one way or another... But there may be occasions when your own ‘personal adhesions’ might be tested and your tolerance examined, for... nothing that is human is strange to Mason Powell.
--From the introduction by Phil Andros
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Published May 2, 2003
Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction.