A few other partially read story collections on my list are:
- Spoiled, by Caitlin Macy (2009). Brilliant so far. The title story alone is worth the price of the book.
- If the River was Whiskey, by TC Boyle (1989).
- How it Ended (Collected Stories). by Jay McInerney (2009). I have liked this author since his first two books, Bright Lights Big City and Ransom were published by Vintage Contemporaries in first release paperbacks in the 1980's (back when I read good books the first time around).
- Palm of the Hand Stories, by Yasunari Kawabata (1988). Beautiful little stories by the Japanese Nobel Laureate (1968, the first Japanese for literature). These stories are what he called "palm of the hand" stories because they tend to be only a few pages in length. Brilliant pieces of work that often leave you wanting them to be much longer.
- Raymond Carver should also be added to this list, I suppose. Carver was one of the great American short story writers, and one of those few who wrote exclusively in that form and didn't also write novels. I have most of Carver's works and have read pieces of most of them, but have never completed any of them.
So that's what's on the reading list in the short term.