I know I'm a few days late on this, but apparently it's Short Story Month! I had no idea that this even existed, though I probably should have guessed as there are months and days for pretty much everything (I once asked my mom, around Mother's Day, why there isn't a "Kid's Day"; she told me that every day is kid's day). I'm not sure if there is any sort of official way to celebrate short stories, but I assume that reading them and talking about them should probably do the trick. This comes at a most convenient time, as I have recently embarked on a 900-page novel and could use the occasional break from it (and the kick in the butt to keep blogging).
So the next months will be full of reviews, thoughts, and all manner of short story goodness. Let's kick it off by sharing our favorite short stories. Mine is "The Diamond Mine" by Nadine Gordimer, though other favorite short story authors include Alice Munro, Jhumpa Lahiri, Shirley Jackson, Raymond Carver, and John Updike. What are your favorite short stories and short story authors? Or maybe you don't like short stories. Why not?