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Writers Ask: Flash, Revisited

Several weeks ago we lodged some complaints–or maybe just confusions?–about the genre known as “flash fiction.” This week we welcome author Matthew Salesses to help sort us out on the subject. But first we tackle some listener questions: about writing advice we dole out to our students but don’t follow, and books we hate. Plus, Mike’s still mad about losing the 6th-grade science fair, and Tom still carries a grudge against The Decameron, because of a teacher who gave him the finger.

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