A short story though it may be funny is not a joke.
The last line of a joke is the punchline.
The last name of a story has no name.
You remember a punchline.
You do not remember the last line of a story.
You may remember the first —- I still remember the opening lines of David Copperfield and A Tale of Two Cities — but I do not remember the last.
No one does.
You tell people jokes.
You do not tell short stories.
Short stories have an author.
Jokes do not.
No one knows who the first person was to tell a joke that does the rounds.
Jokes are short.
Short stories, except those of Lydia Davis, are comparatively long.
Collections of jokes do not win Pulitzer prizes.
Collections of short stories do.
I like them both.
There is one way short stories and jokes are alike: the good ones you like to hear or read over and over again..