Short stories I consider kind of great
by look i have opinions
So it looks like I’ve used this tag twenty-five times and counting. That’s a lot of stories that I admire and would like to imitate. I’m going to make a list so I can look at them all at once.
- “The White Cat,” by Marjorie Sandor
- “A Report to an Academy” (“Ein Bericht für eine Akademie”), by Franz Kafka
- “Forever Overhead,” by David Foster Wallace
- “Bullet in the Brain,” by Tobias Wolff
- “The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber,” by Ernest Hemingway
- “The Man of the World,” by Frank O’Connor
- “Brief Interview #20″ (among other titles), by David Foster Wallace
- “Second Person, Present Tense,” by Daryl Gregory
- “For Esmé—With Love and Squalor,” by J. D. Salinger
- “Everything and Nothing,” by Jorge Luis Borges
- “The Artificial Nigger,” by Flannery O’Connor
- “The Interior Castle,” by Jean Stafford
- “Wife in Reverse,” by Stephen Dixon
- “Deer at Rest,” by Thisbe Nissen
- “Sredni Vashtar,” by Saki
- “Incarnations of Burned Children,” by David Foster Wallace
- “The Evolution of Knowledge,” by Niccolò Tucci
- “The Laughing Man,” by J. D. Salinger
- “The Planet Trillaphon as It Stands in Relation to the Bad Thing,” by David Foster Wallace
- “The Weeds,” by Mary McCarthy
- “The Ring,” by Isak Dinesen
- “A Hunger Artist” or “The Hunger Artist” (“Ein Hungerkünstler”), by Franz Kafka
- “The Circular Ruins” (“Las Ruinas Circulares”) by Jorge Luis Borges
- “Departures,” by John L’Heureux
- “The Secret Miracle” (“El Milagro Secreto”), by Jorge Luis Borges
Of these, I see that six are by women and nineteen by men; of the eighteen authors represented, six are women and twelve men.
More to come, assuming I don’t lose all taste for short fiction.
Edit: I did not.
- “How We Got Mother Back,” by Valério Romão
- “Stavrogin’s Confession,” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- “Leg,” by Steven Polansky
- “A Primer for the Punctuation of Heart Disease,” by Jonathan Safran Foer
- “Going for a Beer,” Robert Coover
These latest five, of course, are all written by men.
- “Chicxulub,” by T. Coraghessan Boyle
- “Anything for Money,” by Karen E. Bender
- “A Simple Question,” by Francine Prose