Couldn't help but notice that several short-story collections made The New York Times' 100 notable books of 2009.
And yet... we always hear that publishers aren't interested in short-story collections. And yet... short-story collections somehow keep getting published.
Here's Antonya Nelson, from an interview with The Cincinnati Review, on how she prefers short stories to novels:
"My sensibility is more inclined in the direction of the short story. I'm more comfortable dwelling in the moment and in the vignette, and in exploring lyrical instances, which I think the short-story form accommodates much better than the novel.
"...[Stories are] like painting on one canvas, whereas writing a novel is like working in a room full of canvases, and knowing that hidden below the floor is a basement full of more canvasses, all half-done."