March 26, 2015 at 2:48 pm #351
I’m interested in adding to my short story reading list. What are some of the best short stories you have read? I’m especially interested in anything written in the past decade.
My current top 5:
1. A Clean, Well-Lighted Place
2. The Lottery
3. The Odour of Chrysanthemums
4. A Good Man is Hard to Find
5. Babylon Revisited
March 26, 2015 at 3:58 pm #352
I’d especially recommend a volume of short stories by B.J. Novak called ONE MORE THING.
Amongst the best of these bests are “Julie and the Warlord” and “Kellogg’s (or The Last Wholesome Fantasy of the Middle-School Boy.” In that same volume, there’s even a short story consisting of only two sentences. Something very new is happening with Novak’s short stories, and I’m not sure yet what that newness consists of. ONE MORE THING was published in 2014 by Knopf. I have a signed first edition, which cost me $24.95. I’ll bet you could do better at Amazon. Or, you could borrow my copy.
I’ll add to your list soon, once I have time to think, but the D.H. Lawrence story on your list is a must. Also, the Jackson story, “The Lottery.”
Oh. I would like to add that the Novak collection was blurbed by Joshua Ferris, one of our best new writers. Ferris is a novelist, truly funny, truly scary, truly smart, truly of our time.
March 26, 2015 at 5:18 pm #357
I think that any list of the greatest short stories must include almost any of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short fiction. It’s hard to choose amongst so many masterpieces, but I’ll nominate “Young Goodman Brown.” Also, the very greatest short stories are almost diminished by the existence of James Joyce’s “The Dead,” published now as the last story in DUBLINERS, a collection of Joyce’s stories. They are all exceedingly good, but “The Dead” towers over them all. It might be the greatest short story ever written. If you haven’t read it, don’t be put off by the title. This story is uplifting, not gloomy or frightening.
April 7, 2015 at 9:07 am #379
I’ll nominate “A Lone Pilgrim”, the only collection, I believe, of stories by Laurie Colwin:
Bet you can’t read just one.
April 24, 2015 at 10:35 pm #422
Fantastic, thanks! I’ve read through Dubliners, but I’ll definitely check out this “A Lone Pilgrim” series.
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