June 28th, 2010 / 11:02 am
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FAVORITE SHORT

You only get one short story to read for the rest of your life.  What do you choose?  I might go with “The Hortlak” by Kelly Link.  Or “My Lord You” or “Platinum” by James Salter.

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  1. mimi

      me too

  2. mimi

      Yeah, and no O’Connor.
      Impossible for mimi to pick just one story.

  3. Goolsby

      Anything by Mary Miller

  4. Goolsby

      Anything by Mary Miller

  5. Liam

      Tobias Wolff – Bullet in the Brain

      or maybe Etgar Keret Cocked and Locked

  6. Liam

      Tobias Wolff – Bullet in the Brain

      or maybe Etgar Keret Cocked and Locked

  7. Dennis Mahagin

      “Helping” by Robert Stone

      or

      “Dirty Wedding” by D. Johnson

      or

      “Get Some Young” by B. Hannah

      or

      “Vandals” by Alice Munro

  8. mark

      investigations of a dog — kafka

  9. mark

      oops, didn’t mean to post that under yrs. blerghh.

      welty’s story really is so, so lovely, though, that’s a great choice. her range was aboslutely mind-blowing. to think she wrote that story, and, say, “powerhouse,” and “where is the voice coming from?” etc.

      i would add peter taylor, too, while we’re in the region. his “the old forest” i would not have a problem with anyone calling the greatest american story of the 20th c.

  10. Dennis Mahagin

      “Helping” by Robert Stone

      or

      “Dirty Wedding” by D. Johnson

      or

      “Get Some Young” by B. Hannah

      or

      “Vandals” by Alice Munro

  11. mark

      investigations of a dog — kafka

  12. mark

      oops, didn’t mean to post that under yrs. blerghh.

      welty’s story really is so, so lovely, though, that’s a great choice. her range was aboslutely mind-blowing. to think she wrote that story, and, say, “powerhouse,” and “where is the voice coming from?” etc.

      i would add peter taylor, too, while we’re in the region. his “the old forest” i would not have a problem with anyone calling the greatest american story of the 20th c.