June 15, 2004

Good reading redux

A few weeks back I got on the bandwagon and posted a list of the top 101 books of all time, noting the ones I'd read.

In the same spirit, Joe Carter at The Evangelical Outpost is compiling a list of the 100 best short stories to read in 100 days. At the time of writing the llist stands at a shade under 90. (Go post suggestions.) I don't necessarily want to jump the gun on his list, however I just can't wait any more to chime in, so here's the list, with the stories I have read highlighted:

Isaac Asimov, Nightfall
Stephen Vincent Benet, The Devil and Daniel Webster
Ambrose Bierce, The Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge
Ambrose Bierce, Chickamauga
Ray Bradbury, And the Moon be Still as Bright
Ray Bradbury, Kaleidoscope
Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ray Bradbury, The World the Children Made
Truman Capote, A Christmas Memory
John Cheever, The Swimmer
John Cheever, Goodbye My Brother
Arthur C. Clarke, The Sentinal
Arthur C. Clark, The 9 Billion Names of God
Stephen Crane, The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky
Joseph Conrad, The Secret Sharer
Joseph Conrad, The Lagoon
Joseph Conrad, The Most Dangerous Game
A. Conan Doyle, Murders in the Rue Morgue
A. Conan Doyle, The Speckled Band
William Faulkner, Barn Burning
William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily
G. Flaubert, A Simple Heart
E.M. Forster, The Machine Stops
N. Gogol, The Nose
N. Gogol, The Overcoat
Graham Greene, The Destructors
Edward Everett Hale, The Man Without a Country
Thomas Hardy, The Distracted Preacher
Thomas Hardy, A Mere Interlude
Thomas Hardy, The Withered Arm
Bret Harte, How Santa Claus Came to Simpson's Bar
Bret Harte, The Outcasts of Poker Flat
Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Barry Hannah, Testimony of Pilot
N. Hawthorne, The Minister's Black Veil
N. Hawthorne, The Birth-mark
N. Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown
N. Hawthorne, Rappaccini's Daughter
Franz Kafka, A Hunger Artist
Jack London, To Build A Fire
O. Henry, The Gift of the Magi
O. Henry, [The Piementa] Pancakes
Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
Tim O'Brien, Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong
Ernest Hemingway, A Clean, Well-Lighted Place
Ernest Hemingway, Hills Like White Elephants
Ernest Hemingway, The Killers
Ernest Hemingway, The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber
W. W. Jacobs, The Monkey's Paw
Shirley Jackson, The Lottery
Stephen King, Dolan's Cadillac
Stephen King, Quitters Inc.
Ruyard Kipling, The Sing-song of Old Man Kangaro
Ruyard Kipling, Wee Willie Winkie
D.H. Lawrence, The Rocking-Horse Winner
Henry Lawson, The Bush Undertaker
Henry Lawson, The Drover's Wife
Henry Lawson, The Union Buries Its Dead
H. P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu
W. Somerset Maugham, Rain
Tom McAfee, This Is My Living Room
Anne MacCaffrey, The Ship Who Sang
Herman Melville, Bartleby, the Scrivener
Steven Millhauser, Eisenheim the Illusionist
Flannery O’Conner, A Good A Man Is Hard To Find
Flannery O’Conner, Parker’s Back
Flannery O’Conner, Revelation
Flannery O’Conner, Good Country People
Edgar Allen Poe, The Cask of Amontillado
Edgar Allen Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher
Edgar Allen Poe, The Purloined Letter
Edgar Allen Poe, The Tell Tale Heart
Porter, The Jilting of Granny Weatherall
Philip Roth, The Conversion of the Jews
Philip Roth, Defender of the Faith
Saki [Hector Hugh Munro], Sredni Vashtar
Saki, The Open Window
Saki, The Interlopers
Sartre, The Wall
James Thurber, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Mark Twain, The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron
E.B. White, Here is New York
Connie Willis, The Last of the Winnebagoes
Connie Willis, Blued Moon

(For the record, my contribution to the list were the stories by Stephen King [whom I regard as a master of the short story genre], H. P. Lovecraft, and Philip Roth, as well as The Purloined Letter by Poe.)

Surprisingly, I am even more pathetic with the short stories than I was with the longer works: 23/85, so far. I'll update the list when it's completed.