The New York Times has an interesting article today in praise of the American short story, prompted by the release of three recent biographies from short story masters: Flannery O'Connor, John Cheever and Donald Barthelme. Their work, writes A. O. Scott, "is among the most powerfully original American fiction produced in the second half of the 20th century." He goes on to say: "Much of it, indeed, makes the novel look superfluous." Check out the full article here.