Review of The Jokes by Cassandra A. Baim for Queen Mob’s Teahouse
Review: Angus MacCaull for The Town Crier: "Literature Without A Face: A Review Of Stephen Thomas’ The Jokes"
Buried In Print "In My Bookbag" review of The Jokes: "They are simply stories, told without names, but in such a way that readers realize the people do have names."
Review of The Jokes: New collections from Diane Williams and Stephen Thomas show the power of flash fiction by Pasha Malla for The Globe & Mail: "The Jokes invokes those seemingly banal experiences that unexpectedly suggest realms beyond our understanding."
First Fiction Fridays: The Jokes by Stephen Thomas: "In a deceptively calm tone, the stories’ narrators (narrator?) march implacably into the most whisper-desperate corners of our lives, boiling over in some stories into frantic howls and, in other stories, landing squarely on images of quiet keening beauty."
“The Patient” — a review of "A New Place" at defunct fictionfeed.net
Puritan Authors Interview with Fawn Parker on the Town Crier: "I didn’t think I was really allowed to write fiction like that, though, so I called what I was doing “jokes,” not stories, to trick myself into being allowed to write this way."
In Conversation: Stephen Thomas Discusses The Jokes: "I now see that the formalist project allowed me a way into aspects of my life and feelings I wouldn’t have been able to access otherwise, kind of like how people talk about using hallucinogens for therapy."
Rainbow Scontayo 1-minute mini-doc and blogpost: "There Ain’t One Gosh Darn Part You Can’t Tweet": "For me, fiction is getting modified by this collective internet writing thing where everyone is more connected."
The Lucky Seven Interview, With Stephen Thomas: "The idea of it being a ‘joke’ that I would write about serious things became a tool I used to get into territory I otherwise would have felt too self-conscious to explore."
Something Totally New: Part One Of Stephen Thomas In Conversation with Jess Taylor: "Sometimes they reminded me of short fiction by Lydia Davis, or pieces of poetry, zen meditations, fables or even little prayers."
Telling A Story That Works: Part Two Of Stephen Thomas In Conversation with Jess Taylor: "I guess I got really into the idea of a short story as a machine every piece of which is connected to every other piece."