October 2017 favorites

October 2017

The October stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’ by Ray Bradbury
  2. ‘The Hanging Stranger’ by Philip K. Dick
  3. ‘Landfill’ by Joyce Carol Oates
  4. ‘Closing Time’ by Neil Gaiman
  5. ‘A Resumed Identity’ by Ambrose Bierce
  6. ‘St. John’s Eve’ by Nikolai Gogol
  7. ‘Man From The South’ by Roald Dahl
  8. ‘The Terror’ by Guy de Maupassant
  9. ‘The Circular Ruins’ by Jorge Luis Borges
  10. ‘One Summer Night’ by Ambrose Bierce
  11. ‘A Vine On A House’ by Ambrose Bierce
  12. ‘Quitters, Inc.’ by Stephen King
  13. ‘The Beggarwoman Of Locarno’ by Heinrich von Kleist
  14. ‘The Boarded Window’ by Ambrose Bierce
  15. ‘A Baby Tramp’ by Ambrose Bierce
  16. ‘The White Maniac – A Doctor’s Tale’ by Mary Fortune

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‘There Will Come Soft Rains’ by Ray Bradbury

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July 2017 favorites

July 2017

The July stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘Death And The Compass’ by Jorge Luis Borges
  2. ‘Why I Live At The P.O.’ by Eudora Welty
  3. ‘Cathedral’ by Raymond Carver
  4. ‘The Whole Town’s Sleeping’ by Ray Bradbury
  5. ‘Water Liars’ by Barry Hannah
  6. ‘A Case Of Identity’ by Arthur Conan Doyle
  7. ‘The Mystery Of The Spanish Chest’ by Agatha Christie
  8. ‘Coming Close To Donna’ by Barry Hannah
  9. ‘The Blind Man’ by D.H. Lawrence
  10. ‘Midnight And I’m Not Famous Yet’ by Barry Hannah
  11. ‘The Oracle Of The Dog’ by G.K. Chesterton
  12. ‘Even Greenland’ by Barry Hannah
  13. ‘Republica Y Grau’ by Daniel Alarcón
  14. ‘Good Boys Deserve Favors’ by Neil Gaiman
  15. ‘North Coast’ by Thomas McGuane
  16. ‘Trek’ by Barry Hannah
  17. ‘Cowardice’ by Abdeslam Boulaich

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‘The Whole Town’s Sleeping’ by Ray Bradbury

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September 2016 favorites

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September 2016

The September stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘Cowboy’ by Thomas McGuane
  2. ‘Commercial’ by John Updike
  3. ‘Ice’ by Thomas McGuane
  4. ‘The Full Glass’ by John Updike
  5. ‘When Everyone Was Pregnant’ by John Updike
  6. ‘Minutes Of The Last Meeting’ by John Updike
  7. ‘All Summer In A Day’ by Ray Bradbury
  8. ‘Delivering’ by Andre Dubus
  9. ‘The Fire Balloons’ by Ray Bradbury
  10. ‘The Off Season’ by Ray Bradbury
  11. ‘The Postmaster’ by Rabindranath Tagore
  12. ‘The Mechanic’ by Lena Dunham
  13. ‘Vicious Circle’ by Thomas McGuane
  14. ‘Problems’ by John Updike
  15. ‘Gender Studies’ by Curtis Sittenfeld
  16. ‘Fauntleroy’s Ghost’ by Vinnie Wilhelm
  17. ‘The Drummer Boy Of Shiloh’ by Ray Bradbury
  18. ‘Gallatin Canyon’ by Thomas McGuane
  19. ‘Old Friends’ by Thomas McGuane
  20. ‘The Fight Of The Good Ship Clarissa’ by Ray Bradbury

‘The Off Season’ by Ray Bradbury

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‘The Drummer Boy Of Shiloh’ by Ray Bradbury

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