Thursday, September 14, 2017

Top ten contemporary short stories

At the Guardian Jon McGregor tagged his ten favorite contemporary short stories, including:
"Pee on Water" by Rachel B Glaser

This was my personal standout in the already very strong New American Stories, edited by Ben Marcus. I’m increasingly drawn to any story that has a more expansive sense of a story’s possibility than the “snapshot of life” model insisted upon by the Carver/Hemingway school. This story begins at the dawn of time and ends round about now, which is expansive enough for anyone, I feel. It also has beautiful sentences, and there are not enough of those in the world.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue