April 2018 favorites

April 2018

The April stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘Drown’ by Junot Díaz
  2. ‘Good Man, Bad Man’ by Jerome Weidman
  3. ‘Negocios’ by Junot Díaz
  4. ‘Shiloh’ by Bobbie Ann Mason
  5. ‘Ysrael’ by Junot Díaz
  6. ‘Boyfriend’ by Junot Díaz
  7. ‘Aguantando’ by Junot Díaz
  8. ‘No Face’ by Junot Díaz
  9. ‘The Season Of Divorce’ by John Cheever
  10. ‘The Rookers’ by Bobbie Ann Mason
  11. ‘Fiesta, 1980’ by Junot Díaz
  12. ‘Nancy Culpepper’ by Bobbie Ann Mason
  13. ‘Concerning The Bodyguard’ by Donald Barthelme
  14. ‘Everybody Knows Tobie’ by Daniel Garza
  15. ‘In The Reign Of Harad IV’ by Steven Millhauser
  16. ‘Offerings’ by Bobbie Ann Mason
  17. ‘Midair’ by Frank Conroy
  18. ‘Bumblebees’ by Bobbie Ann Mason
  19. ‘The Burning Baby’ by Dylan Thomas

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‘The Season Of Divorce’ by John Cheever

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December 2017 favorites

December 2017

The December stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘Vanka’ by Anton Chekhov
  2. ‘Master Eustace’ by Henry James
  3. ‘Christmas Poem’ by John O’Hara
  4. ‘Brothers’ by Sherwood Anderson
  5. ‘Cat Person’ by Kristen Roupenian
  6. ‘Christmas Gift’ by Robert Penn Warren
  7. ‘Snow Angel’ by Stephanie Vaughn
  8. ‘The Last Night Of The World’ by Ray Bradbury
  9. ‘Uncle Raymond’ by Nelson Eubanks
  10. ‘Christmas Freud’ by David Rakoff
  11. ‘The Sunday After Christmas’ by Mavis Gallant
  12. ‘Where You’ll Find Me’ by Ann Beattie
  13. ‘Through The Tunnel’ by Doris Lessing
  14. ‘The Angel Of The Bridge’ by John Cheever
  15. ‘Nobody’s Story’ by Charles Dickens
  16. ‘A Different Kind Of Imperfection’ by Thomas Beller
  17. ‘Christmas By Injunction’ by O. Henry
  18. ‘The Errors Of Santa Claus’ by Stephen Leacock
  19. ‘The Feast Of Nemesis’ by Saki

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‘The Angel Of The Bridge’ by John Cheever

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‘Calling’ by Richard Ford

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May 2016 favorites

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May 2016

The May stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘The Story Of My Dovecote’ by Isaac Babel
  2. ‘The Swimmer’ by John Cheever
  3. ‘Rappaccini’s Daughter’ by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  4. ‘The Ransom Of Red Chief’ by O. Henry
  5. ‘The Luck Of Roaring Camp’ by Bret Harte
  6. ‘Drummond & Son’ by Charles D’Ambrosio
  7. ‘Thank You Ma’am’ by Langston Hughes
  8. ‘The Duplicity Of Hargraves’ by O. Henry
  9. ‘A Summer’s Reading’ by Bernard Malamud
  10. ‘The Swimmers’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  11. ‘Prizes’ by Janet Frame
  12. ‘The Student’s Wife’ by Raymond Carver
  13. ‘My Father Sits In The Dark’ by Jerome Weidman
  14. ‘The Cop And The Anthem’ by O. Henry
  15. ‘Tobin’s Palm’ by O. Henry
  16. ‘The Clarion Call’ by O. Henry

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‘The Swimmer’ by John Cheever

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