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While I was at the University of Pittsburgh the student newspaper did a review of COMPRESSIONISM: THE PITTSBURGH STORIES. I've posted the review on my homepage. Just go to www.flashfictionnow.blogspot.com and click on: Vignettes cut to the chase. I agree with everything the reviewer said except that: my stories' endings are "blurry." I suppose what the reviewer meant by this is that I don't tidy up my stories at the end, that I leave that for the reader to do. This is a complaint I heard from professors and classmates at Pitt for years. And they're right. Many times the endings of my stories are not neat (I guess this is why, after saying so many nice things about the book, the reviewer gave me three stars out of five). Some readers like "open-ended endings" and some don't. No doubt open-ended endings are too much like life and not enough like fiction. Well, you can't please everyone. Nor should a writer try to please everyone. Guy.



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