July 2021 favorites

July 2021

The July stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘Blow-Up’ by Julio Cortázar
  2. ‘The Secret Miracle’ by Jorge Luis Borges
  3. ‘Happy Birthday’ by Clarice Lispector
  4. ‘End Of The Game’ by Julio Cortázar
  5. ‘Lima, Peru, July 28, 1979’ by Daniel Alarcón
  6. ‘Balthazar’s Marvelous Afternoon’ by Gabriel García Márquez
  7. ‘I’m Your Horse In The Night’ by Luisa Valenzuela
  8. ‘Birds In The Mouth’ by Samanta Schweblin
  9. ‘The Smallest Woman In The World’ by Clarice Lispector
  10. ‘House Taken Over’ by Julio Cortázar
  11. ‘A Singular Occurrence’ by Machado de Assis
  12. ‘The Challenge’ by Mario Vargas Llosa
  13. ‘Absit’ by Angélica Gorodischer
  14. ‘The Lottery Ticket’ by Ventura García Calderón
  15. ‘Meat’ by Virgilio Piñera
  16. ‘The Chicken’ by Clarice Lispector
  17. ‘The Obedient Ones’ by Clarice Lispector
  18. ‘Letter To A Young Lady In Paris’ by Julio Cortázar
  19. ‘Decoration Day’ by Sarah Orne Jewett
  20. ‘Penelope’ by Dalton Trevisan
  21. ‘The Night Face Up’ by Julio Cortázar
  22. ‘The Dinner’ by Clarice Lispector
  23. ‘The Legend Of ‘El Cadejo’’ by Miguel Angel Asturias

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May 2021 favorites

May 2021

The May stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘The Swimming Contest’ by Benjamin Tammuz
  2. ‘Waiting’ by Amos Oz
  3. ‘Success’ by Adriana Lisboa
  4. ‘The Earthquake In Chile’ by Heinrich von Kleist
  5. ‘Civil Peace’ by Chinua Achebe
  6. ‘Remnants Of Carnival’ by Clarice Lispector
  7. ‘Boule de Suif’ by Guy de Maupassant
  8. ‘The Third Bank Of The River’ by João Guimarães Rosa
  9. ‘Only Orange’ by Camille Bordas
  10. ‘Heirs’ by Amos Oz
  11. ‘A Passion In The Desert’ by Honoré de Balzac
  12. ‘How Old Timofei Died With A Song’ by Rainer Maria Rilke
  13. ‘The Baby In Pink Tarlatan’ by Joaõ do Rio
  14. ‘The Path To The Cemetery’ by Thomas Mann
  15. ‘XII’ by Nathalie Sarraute
  16. ‘Fly Already’ by Etgar Keret
  17. ‘Why I Became A Nightingale’ by Wolfgang Hildesheimer

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December 2020 favorites

December 2020

The December stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘Mirrorball’ by Mary Gaitskill
  2. ‘Accident Brief’ by Karen Russell
  3. ‘The Unknown Masterpiece’ by Honoré de Balzac
  4. ‘Drinking Coffee Elsewhere’ by ZZ Packer
  5. ‘The Half-Husky’ by Margaret Laurence
  6. ‘Home For Christmas’ by Carson McCullers
  7. ‘Seven’ by Edwidge Danticat
  8. ‘A Room Forever’ by Breece D’J Pancake
  9. ‘The Weirdos’ by Ottessa Moshfegh
  10. ‘Irina’ by Mavis Gallant
  11. ‘The Lily-White Boys’ by William Maxwell
  12. ‘The Pocketbook Game’ by Alice Childress
  13. ‘The Dancer’ by Patricia Highsmith
  14. ‘The Yo-Yo’ by P.D. James
  15. ‘Temptation’ by Clarice Lispector
  16. ‘Ordinary Nudes’ by Stuart Dybek
  17. ‘Neighbors’ by Anthony Tognazzini
  18. ‘The Canebrake’ by Mohammed Mrabet
  19. ‘Odd Behavior’ by Lydia Davis
  20. ‘The Warmth Of Things’ by Nélida Piñón
  21. ‘Times’ by Ann Beattie

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