The Reading Room

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These stories are not meant to please you; they are meant to challenge you.  They were not chosen simply on the basis of their content.  They  were chosen because (1) they can be  reached with a click of the mouse; (2) they have been published in literary markets that hold to high standards; (3) they (with a few exceptions)  are written by living writers who are hard at work publishing today, and (4) they represent a variety of styles and approaches to story.  That, I believe, makes them more valuable to you than any number of  "how to write" manuals

Yes, I like these stories, but liking is not the point.   I believe you can learn from them.  Don't be afraid.  Plunge right in.  .(The links below take you to other people's web sites.  While you are visiting, take the time to look around and see what else they have to offer.

The Red Fox Fur Coat
by Teolinda Gersao

A Portuguese novelist and short story writer.  Translated into English and published in
The Three Penny Review

The Snowman
by Hans Christian Anderson

A 19th Century Classic about a optimistic snowman, a cynical dog, and what happens to love when spring comes.

Read about Hans Christian Andersen
The Everything Goes Garage Sale of my Love

 published in the Oysterboy Review

By A.C. Koch,
winner of the 2003  Raymond  Carver Short Story Award
Not an easy story to describe... and that's what makes it good.

Read about A.C. Koch
Gowanus Archives

An International Online Journal of Idea & Observation that published stories from all over the world

Gowanus has suspended publication until further notice but you can still read many stories  on its archives.

The Bamboo Inn,
By Karen Loeb, author of The Jump Rope Queen and Other Stories

Father daughter story, set in Chicago.

read about Karen Loeb
Rules of a Roma
by Rose Whitmore

This is a new story from Mason's Road, a highly recommended web magazine.

Read About Rose Whitmore
Never Shoot an Agent
by Nicholas LaRocca

Another story from Mason's Road

Read About Nicholas LaRocca
Drive by Cristina Henriquez

a story from the Virginia Quarterly Review, summer 2004

Read about Cristina Henriquez