Short stories I consider kind of great

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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.

Another edit:

  • “Chicxulub,” by T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • “Anything for Money,” by Karen E. Bender
  • “A Simple Question,” by Francine Prose