May 2022 favorites

May 2022

The May stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘Children On Their Birthdays’ by Truman Capote
  2. ‘A View Of The Woods’ by Flannery O’Connor
  3. ‘Complicities’ by Alice Adams
  4. ‘This Is Paradise’ by Kristiana Kahakauwila
  5. ‘Birdland’ by Michael Knight
  6. ‘Consolation’ by Richard Bausch
  7. ‘Strange Moonlight’ by Conrad Aiken
  8. ‘The Quest For “Blank Claveringi”’ by Patricia Highsmith
  9. ‘Sucker’ by Carson McCullers
  10. ‘Buck Boy’ by James McBride
  11. ‘Friends From Philadelphia’ by John Updike
  12. ‘To Hell With Dying’ by Alice Walker
  13. ‘The Devil And Daniel Webster’ by Stephen Vincent Benét
  14. ‘The Local Production Of Cinderella’ by Allegra Goodman
  15. ‘Young Francis Whitehead’ by William Maxwell
  16. ‘Playing Before Royalty’ by Ian MacMillan
  17. ‘The Child Screams And Looks Back At You’ by Russell Banks
  18. ‘The Intermediate Class’ by Sam Allingham

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March 2022 favorites

March 2022

The March stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘Foaling Season’ by Aryn Kyle
  2. ‘Something That Needs Nothing’ by Miranda July
  3. ‘The Mountain Day’ by Jean Stafford
  4. ‘Blackie’ by Elizabeth Spencer
  5. ‘Tiny In The Wilderness’ by Tom Drury
  6. ‘Mrs. Box’ by Michael Chabon
  7. ‘Small Avalanches’ by Joyce Carol Oates
  8. ‘My Kinsman, Major Molineaux’ by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  9. ‘Jacklighting’ by Ann Beattie
  10. ‘The Prospectors’ by Karen Russell
  11. ‘A Wagner Matinée’ by Willa Cather
  12. ‘Nest Egg’ by Jesse Stuart
  13. ‘On The Oregon Trail’ by Caitlin Horrocks
  14. ‘The Sentimentality Of William Tavener’ by Willa Cather
  15. ‘Snakebite’ by Arthur Bradford
  16. ‘Impulse’ by Conrad Aiken
  17. ‘Residents And Transients’ by Bobbie Ann Mason
  18. ‘Giving Blood’ by John Updike
  19. ‘Rain On Tanyard Hollow’ by Jesse Stuart

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January 2022 favorites

January 2022

The January stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘The Whole World Knows’ by Eudora Welty
  2. ‘Clytie’ by Eudora Welty
  3. ‘The Family Meadow’ by John Updike
  4. ‘Travis, B.’ by Maile Meloy
  5. ‘Ava Wrestles The Alligator’ by Karen Russell
  6. ‘Displaced’ by Richard Ford
  7. ‘Four Lean Hounds, ca. 1976’ by Maile Meloy
  8. ‘Uncle High Lonesome’ by Barry Hannah
  9. ‘Alaska’ by Alice Adams
  10. ‘Riddle’ by Thomas McGuane
  11. ‘Flower Hunters’ by Lauren Groff
  12. ‘Treasure State’ by Smith Henderson
  13. ‘Magnolia Flower’ by Zora Neale Hurston
  14. ‘Happy’ by Joyce Carol Oates
  15. ‘Without Inspection’ by Edwidge Danticat
  16. ‘FAQs’ by Allegra Goodman
  17. ‘Boys’ by Rick Moody
  18. ‘Through The Safety Net’ by Charles Baxter

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September 2020 favorites

September 2020

The September stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘Heaven’ by Mary Gaitskill
  2. ‘The First Seven Years’ by Bernard Malamud
  3. ‘Notes From A Lady At A Dinner Party’ by Bernard Malamud
  4. ‘The Profile’ by Willa Cather
  5. ‘Simmering’ by Margaret Atwood
  6. ‘The Mourners’ by Bernard Malamud
  7. ‘On The Divide’ by Willa Cather
  8. ‘The Garden Lodge’ by Willa Cather
  9. ‘My Son The Murderer’ by Bernard Malamud
  10. ‘Angel Levine’ by Bernard Malamud
  11. ‘Dirty Deceivers’ by Chester Himes
  12. ‘The Under Graham Railroad Box Car Set’ by James McBride
  13. ‘My Flamboyant Grandson’ by George Saunders
  14. ‘Cooking Lesson’ by Rosario Castellanos
  15. ‘Dragged Fighting From His Tomb’ by Barry Hannah
  16. ‘The Egg Race’ by John Updike
  17. ‘The Namesake’ by Willa Cather
  18. ‘Cortés And Montezuma’ by Donald Barthelme
  19. ‘The Children’ by Andrea Lee
  20. ‘Cranberry Relish’ by Katherine Heiny
  21. ‘The Richer, The Poorer’ by Dorothy West
  22. ‘The Doctor And The Rabbi’ by Aimee Bender

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