07 August 2006

Speaking of fiction...

Hey Justin! The story you're thinking of is "The School" by Donald Barthelme.

I can always make time for that one.

One of my all time faves: "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" by Joyce Carol Oates.

What's your favorite story (if you have the time to share).

17 comments:

Gerald Huml said...

I'd have to vote for Franz Kafka's "The Hunger Artist."

Penultimatina said...

Ooooh! Gerald, that's a good one. I always keep a bookmark for that story.

Nice seeing you around!

Justin Evans said...

Mary:

Thank you. You rock!. I just stopped by David's blog and thanked him.

Thank you for taking the time to find the story and link it up.

What I am sending to you , now seems small in comparison.

Penultimatina said...

No prob, Justin! It was great reading that story again...though now I want to write a story instead of swatting gnats and planning syllabi.

You didn't send me these gnats, did you? ;)

Suzanne said...

"Where are you going? Where have you been?" is a favorite of mine, too. "Hills Like White Elephants," by Hemingway is another. There are SO many. Oates, Cheever, Carver, are the authors I turn to again and again.

Justin Evans said...

Mary:

You are going to laugh when you see what I am sending you.

Penultimatina said...

"We Didn't" by Stuart Dybek.

Yes, I'm voting multiple times. You can take the girl out of Chicago, but...

garylmcdowell said...

"Like Life" Lorrie Moore.

And all of the stories in Kevin Canty's collection _A Stranger in This World_. If you haven't read Canty, for the love of God do it!! ;)

Steven D. Schroeder said...

"Flowers for Algernon," Daniel Keyes

Stephanie King said...

Anything by Aimee Bender.

Her entire first book, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, was FANTASTIC! I couldn't put it down, I just kept reading story after story after story. I would recommend it to anyone.

cornshake said...

i too love reading and teaching aimee bender. one of my favorites though is "How Far She Went," by Mary Hood.

boringmadedull said...

Any of the Wodehouse Golf stories... or Uncle Fred.... or Bertie.... or or or

Frank said...

I can't pick one.

"The School" by Barthelme

"The Glass Mountain" by Barthelme

"Emergency" by Denis Johnson

"Little Things" by Carver (I hate it, really, but that's why I love it.)

And of course, "Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?"

Penultimatina said...

So NOBODY is going to say "The Lottery"? Apparently this is not an intro to fiction class.

Justin Evans said...

As I Lay Dying.

Faulkner . . .mmmmm.

Pamela said...

Anything by Andre Dubus (esp. "The Fat Girl" and "Killers"). Anything by Frank O'Hara--a master. Fitzgerald's "The Rich Boy." "The Dead" by James, followed closely by Araby. "For Esme with Love and Squalor" by Salinger.

Newer stories--anything by Gurganus; "Until Gwen" by Dennis Lehane. That story explodes!

Better stop now--I'm getting wound up.

Gerald Huml said...

Mary, I thought of saying "The Lottery," but it was too obvious of a choice. Great story though.