Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Seconds on pie

Hi everyone,
You may or may not know that the distinguished Jennifer Zobair is hosting a “Best Short Story I Have Ever Read (Asterisk)” Smackdown with pie over at her blog. One of the rules of this smackdown is that you can only offer up one story as the "best (asterisk)." But, because we recognize that most writers are also gluttons (asterisk), we are using this post for all of your short story seconds (asterisk)...those stories that you still want to rave about even though you really are only supposed to rave about one. Feel free to post as many short story titles as you like here!

What's Peanut eating? The right arm of a Christmas polar bear doll. He's after all of the other decorations too.


  1. And, naturally, I get to mention several that I love.

    In no particular order:

    "A Real Life" by Alice Munro

    "Bullet in the Brain" by Tobias Wolff

    "Sarah Cole: A Type Of Love Story" by Russell Banks

    "The Man With Enormous Wings" by Gabriel García Márquez

    "Moriya" by Dean Paschal

    Read these stories.

  2. "The Overcoat" by Nikolai Gogol
    "The Duel" by Anton Chekhov
    "Medusa's Ankles" by Antonia Susan Byatt
    "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor
    "The Short Happy Life of Francis MacComber" by Ernest Hemingway
    "The Lottery" Shirley Jackson
    "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka
    "The Rockinghorse Winner" by D.H. Lawrence
    "The Dead" by James Joyce
    "Fish" by Lydia Davis
    "Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri
    "The Death of Ivan Ilytch" by Leo Tolstoy
    "Talking Dog" Francine Prose

  3. Thanks for the list, Scott! I've heard of all of them except "Medusa's Ankles." You're allowed to look at Medusa's Ankles, right?

    I considered "The Lottery" too. That one is also chilling. And I read "Metamorphosis" in London just before seeing a play version of it, which was quite cool. The stage was divided into two floors, and the top floor was a bird's eye view, with the bed stuck flat to the back wall so that the actor could use the ground as a wall and climb up it, etc.

  4. Well, now that I've seen that cute picture, I can barely remember what I came to say!

    My next two favorite short stories are "A Temporary Matter" by Jhumpa Lahiri and "Clothes" by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

    Beyond that the list gets very long and I'll have to come back to fill it in.

    Davin, this was a lot of fun. Do we need to talk about a winner??