So I'm in graduate school and read a fuck ton for classes and as such unfortunately don't have too much time to read for leisure. Due to this lack of time I have been reading short stories as opposed to novels so lets have a short story thread; post your favorites, rate others, discuss, what have you.
I'll begin with my favorite (it's a pretty vanilla choice admittedly): Flowers for Algernon
short stories are for people who can't handle the rigor of poetry and who don't have enough to say for a novel. The idea that it's a tight form of literature is disgusting. It's the weakest in spirit and in manifest. Can you name a short story as aesthetically or metaphysically powerful as a great novel or poem of the same eminence?
A Perfect Day for Bananafish - Salinger
The Dead - Joyce
Forever Overhead - Wallace
Babylon Revisited - Fitzgerald
A Day's Wait - Hemingway
Cathedral - Carver
I strongly recommend these short story collections:
Nine Stories - Salinger
Dubliners - Joyce
Nearly all of Hemingway. Nearly all of Carver.
Stay away from Updike, Cheever, the rest of Wallace (maybe, he has a few other ones that are ok), and the rest of Fitzgerald. Consider all of Poe and all of Kafka because tis the season.
I didnt like Chekhov but I am not sure why.
A Perfect Day for Bananafish, The Dead, Forever Overhead, and Babylon Revisited.
However they all have different variants of melancholy. Bananafish is short and blunt with the problem at hand, but is cryptic about what the problem really is, and arguably cant be figured out.
The Dead is probably what you are looking for.
Forever Overhead is nostalgia for boys older than 16.
Babylon Revisited is just classic sad.
Carver can be pretty white trash sad at some points. Stick with Joyce though, hes the only one on that list that has a sense of subtlety for proper melancholy.
Thank you anon, you are a scholar and a gentleman
>ctrl+f Jorge Luis Borges
Any Borges, specifically El Aleph, Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote, and Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius. Some of his other stories can seem a little lackluster after reading these, but he's always going to give you a different experience than you get from most short stories.
Patriotism by Mishima is also really great. Very detailed, I'll leave it at that.
>Book is out of focus
Shit tier picture. Vapid, narcissistic, boring.
As for short stories, I honestly think Gogol is GOAT. The Overcoat, Diary of a Madman, The Nose, The Squabble, The Portrait, they're all masterpieces.
Borges is intellectually interesting, and I really like some of his stories, but they don't really tell us something fundamental about the human condition in the span of ~20 pages. Not that that is necessarily what short stories should do, but if they can, that's amazing.
I really liked BI #20 by Wallace. I thought the whole of Brief Interviews was fantastic though (apart from the narcissus one). Zadie Smith's essay on that collection is also brilliant.
I think stories like Cathedral, A Hunger Artist, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Depressed Person, or The Indian Uprising are as powerful and beautiful as my favourite poems. With the exception of Snows they are also stories that use forms which would be tedious as full length novels or they are like Cathedral which is really just one snapshot in time that wouldn't with the same kind of clarity as a poem. Really though I see shorter short stories as being essentially poems anyway.
I don't know if they are as "metaphysically powerful" because that is basically nonsense and I bet you can't elucidate what that even means.
When she first won the award lit was furiously butthurt. I find her kind of dry at times but really great. So many shitty compilations of her work though, it's hard to find the original book. Every other publishing house has a compilation of her 'finest stories'.
Pretty sure there is. Do you hip hop, anon?
Aimee Bender's got some good stuff, I think, particularly The Rememberer.
George Saunders is hands-down the best short story writer alive today. Home, Escape from Spiderhead, and Tenth of December are really great ones out of Tenth of December.
Ben Marcus is also super underrated as far as short fiction goes, seeing as his stuff is completely off the wall.
And in spite of all the obsession with IJ, nobody seems to talk about how good DFW's shorter fiction is. A Radically Condensed History of Postindustrial Life and Incarnations of Burned Children are particular favorites of mine, although you can't go wrong with The Depressed Person or any of the Hideous Men stories.
Also Lorrie Moore. She's fucking great.
OP here, apart from that one ass mad autist that got his jimmies rustled due to people liking something he doesn't the response has been superb
Also, please continue to post suggestions,
any science fiction suggestions like the last question?
No, I'm a law student, my life ceased being interesting when I started being a law student and will only become interesting again when I graduate school. It comes with the territory
>providing backdrop to an interest in a topic is now memeing
>being this upset
I'd say I'm sorry but I'm not so go fuck yourself if you don't like it, needle dick
I provided my "blogpost" do dissuade what I believed would be inevitable >short stories posting about how it is not a "true literary medium", mainly >>7308201. I am sorry you thought it disingenuous, I had no intention of inviting or responding to talk of my graduate program. I do agree that this site is not the place for discussing personal details when not needed, though I felt given the circumstance said detail was justified in preventing expected shit posts