If you haven't visited The Simile Museum yet, you absolutely should. It's a beautiful way to spend half an hour.Read More
I teach my first class for the Sackett Street Writing Workshop tomorrow. In preparation, I've gone back to John Gardner's writing exercises. They seem a little old-fashioned to me now, and I'm not sure whether I'll use one or not, but I thought I'd store them here for safekeeping.Read More
Yesterday I posted a question on Facebook:
An astounding number of people replied, with some really terrific answers. I spent some time searching for all of these stories. Not all of them are freely available on the old internet, of course—but many of them are. Below is a list of the ones I was able to find, with links; wherever possible, I linked to PDFs.
2 small disclaimers: (1) Many of these have been transcribed—poorly. There are lots of typos, which drive me crazy but are a small price to pay for a great story. (2) If you or one of your generous friends don't/doesn't have New Yorker/Paris Review accounts, you won't be able to access the ones in those archives. I recommend finding a generous friend.
- Sherman Alexie, "What You Pawn I Will Redeem"
- Donald Barthelme, "I Bought a Little City"
- Donald Barthelme, "The School"
- Algernon Blackwood, "The Willows"
- Ray Bradbury, "The Veldt"
- Raymond Carver, "Cathedral"
- John Cheever, "The Swimmer"
- Roald Dahl, "Man from the South"
- Jennifer Egan, "Why China?"
- Harlan Ellison, "I Have No Mouth and Must Scream"
- Harlan Ellison, "Repent, Harlequin! Said the Ticktock Man"
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Cut-Glass Bowl"
- Amy Hempel, "In the Cemetery where Al Jolson Is Buried"
- E.T.A. Hoffmann, "The Sandman"
- James Joyce, "Araby"
- Franz Kafka, "A Message from the Emperor"
- Franz Kafka, "Before the Law"
- Jhumpa Lahiri, "The Third and Final Continent"
- Jhumpa Lahiri, "This Blessed House"
- Alice McDermott, "Enough"
- Lorrie Moore, "How To Become a Writer"
- Alice Munro, "Face"
- Alice Munro, "Runaway"
- Tom Perrotta, "You Start To Live"
- Mary Robison, "Yours"
- J. D. Salinger, "A Perfect Day for Bananafish"
- George Saunders, "The 400-Pound CEO"
- Matt Sumell, "Toast"
- Kurt Vonnegut, "The Big Space Fuck"
- Tobias Wolff, "Bullet in the Brain"
Thank you to everyone who contributed!