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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‘Who’s Passing For Who?’ by Langston Hughes

Hughes, Langston 1953

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August 2016 favorites

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August 2016

The August stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘The Vanishing American’ by Leslie Parry
  2. ‘Chef’s House’ by Raymond Carver
  3. ‘Of Mystery There Is No End’ by Leonard Michaels
  4. ‘Nachman From Los Angeles’ by Leonard Michaels
  5. ‘Vitamins’ by Raymond Carver
  6. ‘The Embassy Of Cambodia’ by Zadie Smith
  7. ‘Nachman At The Races’ by Leonard Michaels
  8. ‘Scheherazade’ by Haruki Murakami
  9. ‘The Penultimate Conjecture’ by Leonard Michaels
  10. ‘Cryptology’ by Leonard Michaels
  11. ‘Passing’ by Langston Hughes
  12. ‘Preservation’ by Raymond Carver
  13. ‘Nachman Burning’ by Leonard Michaels
  14. ‘1-900’ by Richard Bausch
  15. ‘Fever’ by Raymond Carver
  16. ‘The Gilded Six-Bits’ by Zora Neale Hurston
  17. ‘(I Thought My Father Looked Like FDR)’ by George Chambers
  18. ‘The Train’ by Raymond Carver
  19. ‘Chablis’ by Donald Barthelme

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‘Passing’ by Langston Hughes

Hughes, Langston 1934

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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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‘Thank You, Ma’am’ by Langston Hughes

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February 2016 favorites

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February 2016

The February stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge’ by Ambrose Bierce
  2. ‘A Horseman In The Sky’ by Ambrose Bierce
  3. ‘Slave On The Block’ by Langston Hughes
  4. ‘The Celebrated Jumping Frog Of Calaveras County’ by Mark Twain
  5. ‘Killed At Resaca’ by Ambrose Bierce
  6. ‘Gimpel The Fool’ by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  7. ‘The Steadfast Tin Soldier’ by Hans Christian Andersen
  8. ‘Four Days In Dixie’ by Ambrose Bierce
  9. ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Love’ by Raymond Carver
  10. ‘The Offshore Pirate’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  11. ‘Me And Miss Mandible’ by Donald Barthelme
  12. ‘The Eighty-Yard Run’ by Irwin Shaw
  13. ‘A Baffled Ambuscade’ by Ambrose Bierce
  14. ‘Beginners’ by Raymond Carver
  15. ‘What We Don’t Know Hurts Us’ by Mark Schorer
  16. ‘Durling, Or The Faithless Wife’ by Sean O’Faolain
  17. ‘First Husband’ by Antonya Nelson
  18. ‘Somewhere Else’ by Grace Paley
  19. ‘Long Walk To Forever’ by Kurt Vonnegut
  20. ‘Zapatos’ by T. Coraghessan Boyle

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