Last month it was all poetry, this month the National Post has gone ahead and 'asked some of Canada's top short fiction writers – both emerging and established – to opine on the form.' Andrew Hood is first to take questions:
Q: Is there a quintessential short story, and if so, what is it?
A: Probably not (says Hood). Short stories get up to so much, so that a quintessential story by, say, Willa Cather, has no bearing on a quintessential Borges yarn. So Borges kicked this one door down in me, and then Munro booted down another, and Amy Hempel found her way in through an open window, and Flannery O’Connor pretty much burnt my whole house down.
The full interview is here.