I just heard something really interesting on the radio when I was standing in the kitchen making a batch of cookie dough. Sheila Rogers was chatting with someone whose name I didn’t catch, and one thing they said in that conversation was that short stories are like palate cleansers. They’re perfect to read between novels to clear your mind, especially if you’ve just finished  an exceptionally good book. I never thought of short stories like that, in fact I’m not that fond of them, but I think I’m going to try some and see if this works. Often, if I’ve just finished a really good book I can’t settle on the next book because I can’t get the previous out of my mind. Usually what I have to do is not read anything for a week or so. They recommended Madeleine Thien’s Simple Recipes, and I just happen to have this book, so I’ve plucked it off the shelf and it’s at the ready. … now – must go continue with the cookies

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