it’s beginning to hurt

Exclusive: James Lasdun Shares His Favorite Short Story Bedfellows


“I’m in love with you,” she’d told him matter-of-factly, “and it’s beginning to hurt.”

So goes a climactic moment in the story that gives James Lasdun’s new collection, It’s Beginning to Hurt, its name. The story in question is barely three pages long, but Lasdun writes like an iceberg, meaning that those three pages represent just the one-eighth we can see floating above the water. Here’s what The Rumpus had to say about the collection: “The delivery of a revelation, the subtle gesture that shifts the reality of everything that has come before—these are Lasdun’s bread and butter, giving his stories their understated… Read More