Zoetrope: All-Story is a finalist for the 2020 ASME Award for Fiction, the highest honor due an American periodical, for the stories “The Grotesques” by Sarah Hall and “24, Alhaji Williams Street” by ’Pemi Aguda...
Uzma Aslam Khan
NEWS & EVENTS
The editors are thrilled to announce the release of the Winter 2019/2020 edition, designed by the artist and legendary skater Mark Gonzales, with contributions from Man Booker Prize finalist David Means and National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree Thomas Pierce, among others.
Guest judge Tommy Orange has announced results of the 2019 Short Fiction Competition! Many thanks to all who entered. We’re grateful for the introduction to your work.
FROM THE ARCHIVE
My connection to “Natasha” stretches back nearly two decades. I wrote the original story, adapted it into a screenplay, and subsequently directed the film. I had achieved very little as a writer before I wrote “Natasha,” and I have at times wondered what my life would be like if I hadn’t written that story. It feels odd to invest so much significance in a single work, and a short one at that, but it was this manuscript, in draft form, that caught the attention of my first book editor. As it transpired, I chart the beginning of my mature life, as a man and as an artist, with the writing of “Natasha.”
To give a sense of the gestation of the film—and to remind myself of what it all entailed—I returned to my journals to see what I’d recorded in connection to the story: the initial anecdote that inspired it, the conception of the form of the narrative, the decision . . .