Who likes a great short story?

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  1. Seamus OReally

    Seamus OReally Mr. Serious Gold Supporting Member

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    If you really enjoy short stories that blur the line between reality and fantasy, check out a book I was just given: Exhalation by Ted Chiang. They call it science fiction, but it wrestles with humanity’s oldest question. He’s also a master of style, who creates different voices for different stories. It’s knocking me out, so I wanted to share.
     
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    I’ll check this out. I love short stories.
     
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    Seamus OReally Mr. Serious Gold Supporting Member

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    You’ll dig these. This book made the NYT 10 Best Books Of The Year, and similar lists from The Washington Post to The A.V. Club, who called it “a religious experience.”
     
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    Just ordered a copy. It sounds like it would be up my alley.
     
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    Yukio Mishima's short novel "patriotism" is excellent and sad, but the writing style is brilliant.
     
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    I'm currently reading a collection of all of Raymond Chandler's shorts. It's interesting to see how he took segments from many of his short stories and re-worked them into his later full novels.
     
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    Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov had some amazing short stories. They're lumped into "science fiction", but they use the genre only as a device to explore human behavior.
     
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    One of my favorite features of SF is that many authors still write short stories. Love them.
     
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    I’ll check it out for sure.

    Love Raymond Chandler. One of those who changed everything. Have you read Grace Paley? Or Steven Millhauser?
     
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    on my list....
     
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    Big fan of Mishima. I'm reading Sea of Fertility for about the 10th time.
     
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    This thread is great. I’m watching it so I can get reading suggestions.
     
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    Well, let’s keep it going. Grace Paley’s The Little Disturbances of Man is one of my favorites.

    And if you haven’t encountered T.C. Boyle, run, don’t walk to the nearest quality bookstore and get some.
     
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    I was thinking of reading Dubliners again.
     
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    Millhauser has been on my to-read list for some time-- the reminder is helpful. I wasn't familiar with Paley-- had to go read up on her. Thanks for the recommendations!
     
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    That guy's crazy
     
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    Definitely down with this. I need some good fiction in my life.

    Some of my favorites include:

    Joyce's Dubliners
    Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant"
    Singer's "Gimpel the Fool"
    more Isaac Bashevis Singer w/ Stories for Children
    Sholom Alaichem's Stories and Satires
    Toni Cade Bambara's Gorilla, My Love

    Though not exactly short stories per se, I got a lot out of RD Laing's Knots, too. A copy was sitting around as decoration at a furniture store that I cruised once a few years ago, I'd never heard of the guy, and it was fortuitous because I do deep dives in the history of psychology/psychiatry and I myself was about to dive deep into a world of personal and filial crises that were a long time coming.
     
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    You’ll really enjoy them both, I’m sure.
     
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    And of course it’s an obvious choice, but Flannery O’Conner’s stories are just about perfect.
     
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    Hawthorne...

    Melville...

    Nabokov...

    Tolstoy...
     
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