Short stories sought
November 15, 2012 9:59 PM Subscribe
Recommend me up some short stories. Inside, I'll tell you what I likes and what I don't likes.
posted by !Jim to Media & Arts (39 answers total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
Alright, so I love reading short stories, they're great for reading in short bursts, or to fill in the gaps between reading longer stuff. I also find the form to be very thought-provoking and that it creates an intense emotional experience.
I seem to prefer things that are about being a person, and life's experiences. A couple examples here would be Raymond Carver's stories about blue collar America, and Junot Diaz's Drown collection. I also enjoy reading works that are more philosophical (like Notes from the Underground, except that's not a short story.)
Some other things I'd be interested in are: things which are more minimalist or experimental, or that come from cultures I'm not very familiar with (basically non-America/non-European), and well-done collections (for example, collections that are all in a specific style, or of stories that relate to a particular theme.) Apparently I haven't read as many female authors, so that would be a good gap to fill in as well.
Some stuff I'm not really interested in right now: Ted Chiang (I find his stuff gratingly simplistic, and dislike how it tends to have an explicit moral), genre fiction in general (unless the genre is just a tool to get at a philosophical issue), overly florid writing, humor (again unless it's just a way of getting at something deeper.)
Random list of authors I have previously enjoyed: Raymond Carver, Hemingway, Junot Diaz, Dave Eggers, Jeffrey Eugenides, Nietzsche (although I don't really want to read more Nietzsche right now--I'd love to read from folks after him), and Kurt Vonnegut.