For the love of story collections

I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’ve never read any fiction by Grace Paley. So I went out and bought her collected works last week, only to leave the book in the seat pocket in front of me on an airplane. I wonder who has it now, or if it ended up in the trash?

I’ve been thinking of story collections, about which collections have influenced me, and which I still love.

I love the stories of Kafka, Sherman Alexie, Alice Munro, Joyce, Gogol, Lorrie Moore, Katherine Mansfield, Isaac Babel, Borges, Nabokov, Salwa Bakr…my list can go on and on.

A writer I know recently said they saw collections as “MFA writing.” When did this happen? Are stories doomed? I know this is a really old question, but I’m just now starting to feel sad about it.

5 thoughts on “For the love of story collections

  1. I think you would LOVE Grace Paley. Get her books from the library. She has such an amazing, hilarious voice. I would have thought that you had read her in fact… your Alexandria crazy girl howling at the moon story seems influenced…

  2. The library! That would be so awesomely Paley-ish of me. I’m excited now, Leila!

    And Dana: Babel would be so drunk and hot for us. He liked the sexy ladies.

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