Lookback: five really good short stories

LOOKBACKFrom 2007:

Like most of us, I don’t read enough short stories, and wonder why I don’t. After all, I have a special liking for the focus and concentration of art songs and small paintings, and short stories offer the same sort of microcosmic experience. Whenever I pick up a volume of favorite stories, I invariably put it down refreshed. I tossed the first book on this list into my suitcase the other day, read it on the road, and resolved for the umpteenth time to change my ways.
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