I am SHOCKED that Carver’s “What We Talk About…” only showed up in one anthology??! I feel like [the title] is just so pervasively influential that I truly expected to see it on the first list in 7 or so anthologies. Seriously stunned.
Would love to know how you compiled and sorted all these as I would REALLY love to see a similar project done on titles/authors/publications in the SFF world which–as I hope more LitHub readers will come to know and explore–has a really, really rich history of short fiction. What is going on at present is equally as impressive, as well.
Anway, thanks, Emily for this whole series! Hoping similar stuff happens soon.
In truth, all through the haunted forest, there could be nothing more frightful than the figure of Goodman Brown. On he flew, among the black pines, brandishing his staff with frenzied gestures, now giving vent to an inspiration of horrid blasphemy, and now shouting forth such laughter, as set all the echoes of the forest laughing like demons around him. The fiend in his own shape is less hideous, than when he rages in the breast of man. Thus sped the demoniac on his course, until, quivering among the trees, he saw a red light before him, as when the felled trunks and branches of a clearing have been set on fire, and throw up their lurid blaze against the sky, at the hour of midnight. He paused, in a lull of the tempest that had driven him onward, and heard the swell of what seemed a hymn, rolling solemnly from a distance, with the weight of many voices. He knew the tune; it was a familiar one in the choir of the village meeting-house. The verse died heavily away, and was lengthened by a chorus, not of human voices, but of all the sounds of the benighted wilderness, pealing in awful harmony together. Goodman Brown cried out; and his cry was lost to his own ear, by its unison with the cry of the desert.
"A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" by Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway's writing can be minimalistic, a quality that lends itself well to short stories. In fact, Washington Post 's books editor, Ron Charles, has said that Hemingway's short stories are better than his novels. You've probably read, or at least heard about, "Hills Like White Elephants," a cryptic conversation between a man and a woman. "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" is another classic, in which two waiters prepare for the end of the evening.
Read it here.
Length: 5 minutes