CWM: It does seem timely to release an anthology on “small fictions”, as people seem to want to read less verbose prose and more short, concise narrative, in these fast-paced times. What are your thoughts on the changing trends in reading habits?
Masih: Well, actually, that trend and change in reading habits has been going on since the Industrial Revolution. I discuss it in my introduction to The Flash Field Guide. Stories were getting shorter and editors and publishers were discussing the shortening attention span as far back as the end of the 1800s. What has changed is the proliferation of online journals and magazines that disseminates small fictions worldwide. If Best Small Fictions is timely it’s because it’s capturing the burgeoning wave at a time when academia is starting to accept it. And because of this acceptance, and the added venues, more writers are experimenting and producing very creative prose.