Patrick Lane is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Missouri–Columbia, where he also serves as the Web editor of the Missouri Review. His work has appeared in Ninth Letter and the minnesota review. 
Oct 09 2011
A Conversation with Dan Chaon
Things are changing really fast in terms of even what the reading experience is. I stand by the claim that short stories and poems tend to be pretty far outside of the purview of mass culture. You’d be hard pressed to talk to a man on the street who could tell you a story that had been written in his lifetime. He might be able to mention Jack London or O’Henry or something like that. But at the same time, I don’t think the fact that fewer people read them or that they’re not part of the center of mass culture makes them any less vital.