Sunday, December 30, 2007

Who said what: click here.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

50 Stories I Love in Different Ways and for Different Reasons

Bryan asked; Tom answered. Here's a list from me:

1. Andre Dubus “The Pretty Girl”

2. Flannery O’Connor “Revelation”

3. Benjamin Percy “Refresh, Refresh”

4. Tobias Wolff “Smorgasbord”

5. Melanie Rae Thon “Necessary Angels”

6. Michael Martone “Dish Night”

7. Lorrie Moore “People Like That Are The Only People Here”

8. Debra Monroe “My Sister Had Seven Husbands”

9. Michael Chabon “Son of the Wolfman”

10. James Baldwin “Sonny’s Blues”

11. Kate Braverman “Pagan Nights”

12. F. Scott Fitzgerald “Winter Dreams”

13. Walter Kirn “Planetarium”

14. Stuart Dybek “We Didn’t”

15. Ernest Hemingway “The Big Two-Hearted River”

16. Anton Chekhov “The Lady with the Pet Dog”

17. Joyce Carol Oates “How I Contemplated the World from the Detroit House of Corrections”

18. Robert Coover “The Babysitter”

19. Mona Simpson “Lawns”

20. Raymond Carver “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”

21. Dale Ray Philips “Why I’m Talking”

22. Pam Houston “How to Talk to a Hunter”

23. Chris Offutt “Old of the Moon”

24 Richard Yates “A Really Good Jazz Piano”

25. J. D. Salinger “To Esme, With Love”

26. Elyse Gasco “Mother (Not a True Story)”

27. Rick Bass “Cats and Students, Bubbles and Abysses"

28. Gordon Weaver "Imagining The Structure of Free Space on Pioneer Road"

29. Dan Chaon “Big Me”

30. Cary Holliday “Merry Go Sorry”

31. Michael Cunningham “Mister Big”

32. James Joyce “The Dead”

33. Franz Kafka "The Metamorphosis"

34. Alice Munro, "Miles City, Montana"

35. T.C. Boyle “Carnal Knowledge”

36. Barry Hannah "Testimony of Pilot

37. E. Annie Proulx “Brokeback Mountain”

38. Mary Gaitskill "Girl on a Plane"

39. John Barth “Night-Sea Journey”

40. Susan Minot “Lust”

41. Robert Boswell “The Darkness of Love”

42. John Updike “A & P”

43. Tim O’brien “How to Tell a True War Story”

44. Junot Diaz “The Sun, the Moon, the Stars”

45. Rick Moody “Boys”

46. Susan Sontag “The Way We Live Today”

47. Z.Z. Packer “Brownies”

48. Peter Ho Davies ”The Ugliest House in the World”

49. Toni Cade Bambara “The Lesson”

50. Sandra Cisneros “The Monkey Garden

Sunday, December 16, 2007

How do you define "success"? Click here.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Have Any Of You Read This?

Then We Came to an End by Joshua Ferris. It's on all the end-of-year Best Books lists. I'm figuring to hunker down with it over break (I love that it's written in 1st person, plural.)

For an interview with Joshua Ferris, click here.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

What do you think of maximalism? Click here.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Twenty years since Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities. Click here. (My favorite part of the article is where Al Sharpton makes fun of how Tom dresses.)

Thursday, December 6, 2007

For a look into the nuts and bolts of book publishing, click here.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

As if you don't already have too many blogs to here.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

If you want to know what's wrong with the American essay, click here.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Sunday, December 2, 2007

A very small book tour: click here.