A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
When we think about things to read, few of us remember the short story. Maybe bad memories are attached to it because of all those boring stories we were forced to read in high school English class while following the plot structure and figuring out if the conflict was man vs. man or man vs. nature or man vs. self. Perhaps it's time to reconsider this particular genre.
I have several favorite short story authors: John Updike, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Flannery O'Connor, Sherwood Anderson, just to name a few. If you decide to check out an Updike story, look for an older collection. The stories he wrote in the 1960s involving teenage angst are the best. O'Connor will give you a good look at the gothic South we all know and love, and Anderson's stories have the quirkiest characters. But if you want to read some ...