November 2019 favorites

November 2019

The November stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘The Drowned Man’ by Maeve Brennan
  2. ‘Family Walls’ by Maeve Brennan
  3. ‘The Poor Men And Women’ by Maeve Brennan
  4. ‘Feathertop’ by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  5. ‘Victory Over Japan’ by Ellen Gilchrist
  6. ‘A Young Girl Can Spoil Her Chances’ by Maeve Brennan
  7. ‘Trilobites’ by Breece D’J Pancake
  8. ‘A Free Choice’ by Maeve Brennan
  9. ‘The First Day Of Winter’ by Breece D’J Pancake
  10. ‘I See You Never’ by Ray Bradbury
  11. ‘The Honored Dead’ by Breece D’J Pancake
  12. ‘The Way It Has To Be’ by Breece D’J Pancake
  13. ‘The Magic Shop’ by H.G. Wells
  14. ‘In The Dry’ by Breece D’J Pancake
  15. ‘The King Of Jazz’ by Donald Barthelme
  16. ‘Are We Not Men?’ by T. Coraghessan Boyle
  17. ‘The Evolution Of Knowledge’ by Niccolo Tucci

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August 2017 favorites

August 2017

The August stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman’ by Haruki Murakami
  2. ‘The Man Of The House’ by Frank O’Connor
  3. ‘Chicxulub’ by T. Coraghessan Boyle
  4. ‘The Second Bakery Attack’ by Haruki Murakami
  5. ‘The Man On The Stairs’ by Miranda July
  6. ‘First Confession’ by Frank O’Connor
  7. ‘Sault Ste. Marie’ by David Means
  8. ‘Them Old Cowboy Songs’ by Annie Proulx
  9. ‘The Year Of Spaghetti’ by Haruki Murakami
  10. ‘My Oedipus Complex’ by Frank O’Connor
  11. ‘August 25, 1983’ by Jorge Luis Borges
  12. ‘A Piece Of News’ by Eudora Welty
  13. ‘Legal Aid’ by Frank O’Connor
  14. ‘Dabchick’ by Haruki Murakami
  15. ‘Other Factors’ by Mary Gaitskill
  16. ‘Prodigal’ by Laura D. Nichols
  17. ‘The Masculine Principle’ by Frank O’Connor
  18. ‘The Prophetic Pictures’ by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  19. ‘The Stolen Body’ by H.G. Wells

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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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March 2015 favorites

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March 2015

The March stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘The Semplica Girl Diaries’ by George Saunders
  2. ‘Paper Lantern’ by Stuart Dybek
  3. ‘Adams’ by George Saunders
  4. ‘If I Vanish’ by Stuart Dybek
  5. ‘Victory Lap’ by George Saunders
  6. ‘Al Roosten’ by George Saunders
  7. ‘Puppy’ by George Saunders
  8. ‘Home’ by George Saunders
  9. ‘Waiting’ by Stuart Dybek
  10. ‘Seiche’ by Stuart Dybek
  11. ‘The Rookie’ by Eliot Asinof
  12. ‘Goodwood Comes Back’ by Robert Penn Warren
  13. ‘Escape From Spiderhead’ by George Saunders
  14. ‘Brooklyns Lose’ by William Human
  15. ‘Tosca’ by Stuart Dybek
  16. ‘Jon’ by George Saunders
  17. ‘Flight Patterns’ by Sherman Alexie
  18. ‘The Lone Ranger And Tonto Fist Fight In Heaven’ by Sherman Alexie
  19. ‘The Hector Quesadilla Story’ by T. Coraghessan Boyle
  20. ‘Breaking And Entering’ by Sherman Alexie
  21. ‘Exhortation’ by George Saunders
  22. ‘The Fun House’ by Sherman Alexie
  23. ‘Sticks’ by George Saunders
  24. ‘Indian Education’ by Sherman Alexie

July 2014 favorites

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July 2014

The July stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

1.       ‘Hot Ice’ by Stuart Dybek
2.       ‘The Babysitter’ by Robert Coover
3.       ‘Jeeves And The Impending Doom’ by P.G. Wodehouse
4.       ‘A Solo Song: For Doc’ by James Alan McPherson
5.       ‘City Boy’ by Leonard Michaels
6.       ‘You’re Ugly, Too’ by Lorrie Moore
7.       ‘The Flats Road’ by Alice Munro
8.       ‘Greasy Lake’ by T. Coraghessan Boyle
9.       ‘Train’ by Joy Williams
10.     ‘Testimony Of Pilot’ by Barry Hannah
11.     ‘The Joy Luck Club’ by Amy Tan
12.    ‘Liars In Love’ by Richard Yates
13.     ‘How To Date A Brown Girl (Black Girl, White Girl, Or Halfie)’ by Junot Diaz
14.    ‘A Poetics For Bullies’ by Stanley Elkin
15.     ‘Greenwich Time’ by Ann Beattie
16.     ‘Pretty Ice’ by Mary Robison
17.     ‘Lechery’ by Jayne Anne Phillips
18.     ‘Here Come The Maples’ by John Updike
19.     ‘Territory’ by David Leavitt
20.     ‘Bridging’ by Max Apple
21.     ‘The Circling Hand’ by Jamaica Kincaid
22.     ‘Are These Actual Miles?’ by Raymond Carver
23.     ‘The Other Wife’ by Colette
24.     ‘A.V. Laider’ by Max Beerbohm
25.     ‘White Rat’ by Gayl Jones
26.     ‘Search Through The Streets Of The City’ by Irwin Shaw
27.     ‘The Dead Man’ by Horacio Quiroga
28.     ‘A Life In The Day Of A Writer’ by Tess Slesinger
29.     ‘In The Heart Of The Heart Of The Country’ by William Gass
30.     ‘The Indian Uprising’ by Donald Barthelme
31.     ‘The Facts Of Life’ by Somerset Maugham