Someone recently asked me for a list of #shortstories
they should explore. This was my list, which I wanted to share... Add on your favorites! #fiction
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis – Lydia Davis. Big size variable with these… sometimes micro (just a paragraph long), often wry, deeply intelligent.
Pastorailia – George Saunders. Funny, irreverent, insightful, delightful. Imagine if David Sedaris and Don Dellilo had a baby.
Ficciones —Borges. Reading these can sometimes feel like doing calculus… they are complex and fantastical and dense. Not "easy" to read, but.. if you crack them, the heavens open.
Everything that Rises Must Converge — Flannery O'Connor. Dark. People say she writes "southern gothic." Gorgeous and bleak cautionary tales about the human condition.
Magic For Beginners — Kelly Link. Modern horror stories with a bit of whimsy in 'em.
Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories — Tobias Wolff. Clever, soulful, wonderful. Lots of bildungsroman.
In Our Time — Ernest Hemingway. !!! Maybe you'd argue it's a series of vignettes rather than short stories, but I don't care, I can't even. Read this Hemingway.
Cronopious and Famas – Julio Cortazar. Dreamy, gutsy, experimental.
Return to the City of White Donkeys — James Tate. So these are kind of poems, but don't be scared. They are little little, funny, existential, surprising stories with robots and goats and cowboys and lots of good stuff.
Cosmicomics — Italo Calvino. Many beautiful, phantasmagoric tales about the beginning of the world.