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

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