i. just before my step-grandfather met my (maternal) grandmother he was playing russian roulette in a motel room.
ii. when my father met my mother for the first time she was wearing a halter top and he was wearing a jumpsuit covered in tiny airplanes.
iii. a boy proposed to my sister like it was a business deal, she turned him down flat.
On Twitter—my favorite place to ask opinions—I asked people for who they thought were the Greatest Living American Short Story Writers.
Here are the answers, in no particular order.
I will also add two more underrated (I think) young short story writers of my own: Judy Budnitz and Asali Solomon.
Edward P. Jones, Gish Jen, George Saunders, Nathan Englander, AM Homes, Amy Hempel, Kelly Link, Deborah Eisenberg, Yiyun Li, Ted Chiang, Lorrie Moore, Ethan Canin, Cynthia Ozick, Pam Houston, Allegra Goodman, Chris Adrian, Jeff Ford, Stacey Richter, Carol Emshwiller, Karen Joy Fowler, Jayne Anne Phillips, Karen Russell, Steven Milhauser, Jhumpa Lahiri, Jennifer Egan, Robin Black, Andre Dubus III, Dan Chaon, Tobias Woolf, Lydia Davis, Tim Gautreaux, Anthony Doerr, Junot Diaz, Gilbert Sorrentino, Mary Caponegro, Antonya Nelson, Claire Vaye Watkins, Susan Steinberg, Kevin Brockmeier, Mary Gaitskill, Karen Russell, Emma Straub, Sam Lipsyte, Stuart Nadler, Tom McGuane,Charles Baxter, Junot Diaz, Elizabeth Strout, Joan Wickersham, T. C. Boyle, David Means, Edith Pearlman, Antonya Nelson, Mary Robison, Charles D’Ambrosio, Amy Hempel, Lori Ostlund, Lauren Groff, Jess Walter, Laura van den Berg, Simon van Booy, James Alan McPherson, Andrea Barrett, John McNally, Rebecca Curtis, Denis Johnson, Robert Boswell„Tim O’Brien, Jamie Quatro, Ron Carlson, Rick Bass, Tom McGuane, Tom Franklin, Richard Ford, George Singleton, Alan Heathcock, Benjamin Percy, Joe Hill, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Richard Russo, Bill Lychak, Robert Stone, Jean Thompson,Mary Gaitskill, Ann Beattie, Mary Miller, Joyce Carol Oates, Miranda July, Stuart Dybek, Edith Pearlman,Peter Orner, Jim Shepard, Tobias Wolff, Kevin Wilson, Tim O’Brien, Lorrie Moore, Roxane Gay, Brian Evenson, Stacey Levine, Rick Moody, Sherman Alexie, Ward Just, David Schickler, Sherman Alexie. Steve Almond, Pinckney Benedict, Hannah Tinti, Gary Lutz, Gene Wolfe, Ursula K. Le Guin, Russell Banks, Tom Barbash, Diane Williams, Aimee Bender,Jill McCorkle, Matthew Klam, Adam Johnson, Rick Bass, Lydia Davis, Tim Gautreaux, ZZ Packer, Melanie Rae Thon, Wells Tower, Lauren Groff, Lydia Peelle, Elizabeth Spencer, Robert Coover, Donald Antrim, Richard Bausch, Lee Abbott, Holly Goddard Jones, Cary Holladay, Patricia Henley, Caitlin Horrocks, Jess Row, Barb Johnson, Dylan Landis, Norman Lock, Thomas McGuane, Jamaica Kincaid, Michael Chabon, Stephanie Vaughn, Robert Olen Butler, Elissa Schappell, Julie Hecht, Rick DeMarinis, Joy Williams, Chris Offut, Elizabeth Crane, Lucy Corin, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Doris Grumbach.
me, interviewed for a newspaper article
Just kidding. This is from a 1936 gossip column and it just killed me.
I know it is not egregious or bad but it is EVERYWHERE and god, someone make a new font, please.