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I'm having a heck of a good time re-reading Grace Paley's short stories. Every sentence is beautifully wrought, quirky, and on target.
Wish I could read Chekhov in the original.
Hemingway for some reason doesn't do it for me, though I recognize his craft.
Salinger is fun.
The New Yorker magazine favorites Alice Munro, Ann Beattie, Joyce Carol Oates, and Mavis Gallant are all too precious for me.
Raymond Carver is enjoyable if a little too much the same.
Love The Dubliners.

How about you?
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I just discovered Wodehouse's stuff a summer or two ago, laughing myself silly.
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Salinger, Carver, Hemingway, Chekov, Oates, O'Connor, Norman Sage, Stephen King, Walter Mosley...
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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I don't read that many short stories, so I don't think I have a favourite author. Instead, I'll nominate Joyce's Dubliners, and Margaret Laurence's A Bird in the House as two outstanding collections.

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On 2011-03-19 15:35, landmark wrote:
I just discovered Wodehouse's stuff a summer or two ago, laughing myself silly.
And there are volumes and volumes of his stuff, and it's all freakin' hilarious!
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P. G. Wodehouse, hands down.
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Anton Chekhov.

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Anthony Burgess wrote some neat short stories.
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We'll remember that for the Most Modest thread. Meanwhile, are you reading at least the above authors so that you know where you're coming from and know where you're going, and understand the Writers' Conversation?

It's like magic, Michael. You don't start publishing your inventions after a year or two, without first finding out what's been done a million times before. Sure, keep writing, but be a bit more humble before you declare yourself the equal of Dai Vernon.
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Landmark, it was a joke. I'm never intentionally cocky.
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