February 2018 favorites

February 2018

The February stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘Brokeback Mountain’ by Annie Proulx
  2. ‘Daisy’s Valentine’ by Mary Gaitskill
  3. ‘Clara’ by Roberto Bolaño
  4. ‘The Wife’ by Jennifer Jordan
  5. ‘Counting Breaths’ by Rosemarie Robotham
  6. ‘Last Night’ by James Salter
  7. ‘Cafeteria’ by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  8. ‘- And The Moon Be Still As Bright’ by Ray Bradbury
  9. ‘Fedora’ by Kate Chopin
  10. ‘The Lynching Of Jube Benson’ by Paul Laurence Dunbar
  11. ‘Solo On The Drums’ by Ann Petry
  12. ‘The Stout Gentleman’ by Washington Irving
  13. ‘The Man Who Disliked Cats’ by P.G. Wodehouse
  14. ‘Water Child’ by Edwidge Danticat
  15. ‘The Lost Decade’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  16. ‘Living’ by Grace Paley
  17. ‘Between The Halves’ by John O’Hara

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November 2017 favorites

November 2017

The November stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘Offertory’ by Amy Hempel
  2. ‘A Summer Tragedy’ by Arna Bontemps
  3. ‘Who’s Passing For Who?’ by Langston Hughes
  4. ‘He Also Loved’ by Claude McKay
  5. ‘There Was Once’ by Margaret Atwood
  6. ‘The Cut-Glass Bowl’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  7. ‘The Cousins’ by Joyce Carol Oates
  8. ‘Until The Girl Died’ by Anne Enright
  9. ‘And/Or’ by Sterling Brown
  10. ‘Hunting The Deceitful Turkey’ by Mark Twain
  11. ‘The Jockey’ by Carson McCullers
  12. ‘Little Man’ by Michael Cunningham
  13. ‘Love Song, For A Moog Synthesizer’ by John Updike

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October 2016 favorites

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October 2016

The October stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘Eisenheim The Illusionist’ by Steven Millhauser
  2. ‘The Red-Headed League’ by Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. ‘The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow’ by Washington Irving
  4. ‘The Birds’ by Daphne du Maurier
  5. ‘A Scandal In Bohemia’ by Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. ‘Spunk’ by Zora Neale Hurston
  7. ‘The Other Place’ by Mary Gaitskill
  8. ‘A Short Trip Home’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  9. ‘The Five Orange Pips’ by Arthur Conan Doyle
  10. ‘The Baby-Sitter’ by Jane Yolen
  11. ‘The Adventure Of The Solitary Cyclist’ by Arthur Conan Doyle
  12. ‘The Adventure Of Abbey Grange’ by Arthur Conan Doyle
  13. ‘Unhappiness’ by Franz Kafka
  14. ‘The Ledge’ by Stephen King
  15. ‘Descent Into The Maelstrom’ by Edgar Allan Poe

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‘A Short Trip Home’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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