Self-styled 'author and doodler' Larry Grogan doodled this cartoon after something I said at the Art of the Short Story event in Smock Alley at the Dublin Writers Festival on Thursday. I was paraphrasing Elizabeth Gilbert and I said words to this effect, 'A good short story should bend over backwards and kiss the beginning.' (I can't remember EG's exact words.) It's a quote I like because it speaks to that amalgamated 'oneness' that is one of the hallmarks of short fiction. Anyway, here are me and Mike McCormack, yapping about stories. Cool, no?