I was taking my daily stroll through the bookweb and happened upon an interesting article posted on the blog, The Reading Experience, which, among other points, stated that people just don't read short stories. (He then went on to say that people just don't read, which I think is overblown, but that's for another post.) As a former English teacher, I truly believe that many people don't know if they like something until it's put in their face. I can't remember how many times kids would tell me that they hated Shakespeare. By the time they finished Taming of the Shrew with me, they had a new perspective. Many had the same ideas about poetry or Edgar Allan Poe. The reason: they had never really been exposed. I believe that this is the way it is for almost everyone with almost everything.
I thought about this and then, ironically, came across Alison Macleod's list of Top 10 short stories in The Guardian.
Alison's list includes the known and the new, and it got me thinking about some of my favorites.
The Cloak - Nikolai Gogol
Shiloh - Bobbi Anne Mason
A Rose for Emily - William Faulkner
Winter Dreams - F.Scott Fitzgerald
A Temporary Matter - Jhumpa Lahiri
The Bet - Anton Chekhov
The Necklace - Guy de Maupassant
Araby - James Joyce
The Grave - Katherine Anne Porter
Death by Landscape - Margaret Atwood
A Good Man is Hard to Find - Flannery O'Connor
What are your favorites?