[This thread is a spinoff from a conversation about flash fiction.]
Marcus, the link to Gardner is jazz, it's strategy and tactics, it's one view of what flash is made of.
I don't write flash fiction, and don't read a lot of it (maybe I should, explode some assumptions).
Would like to read other examples of things people think are exceptionally well done.
For me, the short, short fiction has either been wanting for more words/more narrative, or more poetry - and by that I mean "texture": charged words, internal rhyme, balance, etc. It needs to be handled very delicately, and that's hard to find.
You know, speaking about using flash to "scale up," if you will, into a longer work...I like to do the opposite. Take what I think could be a longer form and compress it, distill it, into just the elements that a reader needs to find their way. In my mind it's poetry for people that don't read poetry, or poetry that is slightly narrative, and it risks being obscure, or being too minimal, too spare.