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6/23/13The Devil And Tom WalkerWashington IrvingShort story
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6/23/13The SlitLoren EiseleyEssay
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6/23/13The Lady Of ShallottTennysonPoem
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6/23/13After Apple PickingRobert FrostPoem
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6/23/13Dr. Heidegger's ExperimentNathaniel HawthorneShort Story
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6/23/13Rab and His FriendsDr. John BrownShort story
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6/23/13They That Have PowerShakespearePoem
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6/23/13The Apparition of Mrs VealDaniel DefoeShort Story
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6/23/13A Lodging For The NightRobert Louis StevensonShort Story
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6/23/13The Evolution of The Short Story?? Foreword of The Great English Short Story Writers Volume 1Essay
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6/23/13The outcasts of poker flatBret HarteShort story
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6/23/13The study of poetryMatthew arnoldEssay
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6/23/13Boule de SuifGuy du MaupassantShort Storyhttp://www.gutenberg.org/files/3090/3090-h/3090-h.htm#2H_4_0003
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6/23/13James HoggShort Story
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6/23/13The Luck of Roaring CampBret HarteShort Story
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6/23/13National Geographic Civil War Special IssueEssay
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6/23/13Philadelphia In The Civil War 1861-1865, ExcerptsFrank H. TaylorEssay
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6/23/13The Business of Civil War, "The Making of A Mixed Military Economy"Mark R. WilsonEssay
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6/23/13An Irrevocable DiameterGrace PaleyShort Story
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6/23/13What The Bell Saw And SaidLouisa May AlcottShort Story
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6/23/13Kitty's Class DayLouisa May AlcottShort Story
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7/7/13The Cat and The FiddleErin MorgensternShort Storyhttps://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwj9lezswsrJAhWFcz4KHc98BRsQFggdMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Ferinmorgenstern.com%2F2013%2F07%2Fflax-golden-tales-the-cat-and-the-fiddle%2F&usg=AFQjCNGXofDzdcRfHXpNeF1Bo08UKG28sg&sig2=QYzFVPkoR-bMtZS71vJ3kQ
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7/8/13The BrookTennyssonPoem
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7/8/13Paul's CaseWilla CatherShort Story
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7/8/13Paper TigersWesley YangEssay
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7/10/13On The Gull's RoadWilla CatherShort Story
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7/11/13The Garden LodgeWilla CatherShort Story
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7/12/13AlexandreGuy de MaupassantShort Story
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7/13/13Getting Where We're GoingJohn BrehmPoem
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7/19/13The Story of An HourKate ChopinShort Story
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7/20/13RegretKate ChopinShort Story
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7/22/13A Pair of Silk StockingsKate ChopinShort Story
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7/22/13Desiree's BabyKate ChopinShort Story
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7/22/13The Lotus EatersTennyssonPoem
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8/11/13A Scandal in BohemiaArthur Conan DoyleShort story
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8/11/132002: Night meetingRay BradburyShort story
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8/13/13Ode: intimations of mortality from recollections of early childhoodWordsworthPoem
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8/13/13The repairmanHarry HarrisonShort story
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8/15/13The Toy ShopHarry HarrisonShort story
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8/15/13Clara Parks article in Interweave KnitsEssay
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8/20/13The King of ClubsAgatha ChristieShort story
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9/5/13One Foot in EdenEdwin MuirPoem
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9/8/13Charging the Silver SlopeAlexis A. HunterShort Story
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9/8/13A Respectable WomanKate ChopinShort Story
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9/8/13Wired For Story Chapter ?Lisa CronNon-Fiction
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9/9/13The Old Man and the SeaErnest HemingwayShort Story
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9/16/13Her FreedomEthel M DellShort Story
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9/17/13Her HeroEthel m dell Short Story
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10/10/13WildcatFlannery O'ConnorShort Story
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10/18/13The DomeSteven MillhauserShort Story
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10/18/13Cretan Love SongJim ShepardShort Story
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10/18/13SubsoilNicholson BakerShort Story
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4/8/14GoldenJames Scott BellShort Story4/8/2014http://storyaday.org/rr-golden-james-scott-bell/
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4/14/14There Will Come Soft RainsRay BradburyShort Story4/1/2014http://storyaday.org/reading-room-there-will-come-soft-rains-by-ray-bradbury/
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4/22/14The Victory LapGeorge SaundersShort Story4/22/2014http://storyaday.org/rr-victory-lap-by-george-saunders/
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4/25/14Good PeopleDavid Foster WallaceShort Story
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4/26/14A Late Encounter With The EnemyFlannery O'ConnorShort Story
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5/6/14SticksGeorge SaundersShort Story5/6/2014http://storyaday.org/reading-room-sticks-by-george-saunders/
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6/11/14The Yellow WallpaperCharlotte Perkins GilmanShort Story
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6/13/14The Tell-Tale HeartEdgar Allen PoeShort Story
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6/14/14Are these Actual MilesRaymond CarverShort Story
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6/15/14HeatJoyce Carol OatesShort StoryAnother well-written but depressing modern story, about twin girls.6/17/2014http://storyaday.org/rr-heat/
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6/16/14The ReachSteven KingShort StoryI loved this! Old woman lived in same town all her life, starts seeing ghosts.
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6/19/14Hunters in the SnowTobias WolffShort Story
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6/20/14The Things They CarriedTim O'brienShort Story
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6/23/14Miracle PolishSteven MillhauserShort StoryI enjoyed his other story, "The Dome", too.

His writing is very engaging. This seemed a little long. Might have been my mood.
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8/26/14incognitoSusan M. Lemereshort story8/26/2014http://storyaday.org/reading-room-incognito-by-susan-m-lemere/
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10/13/14The Day We Were FishStephen KosterShort StoryHumorous. Bizare. I liked it. A little long in the middle, but I love the whimsy. http://feathertale.com/short-fiction/the-day-we-were-fish/10/14/2014http://storyaday.org/reading-room-the-day-we-were-fish-by-stephen-koster/
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11/19/14The Wild GeeseWendell BerryPoemAbandon/As in love or sleep
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11/19/14The Zero Meter Diving TeamJim Shepardshort storyLike You'd Understand, Anyway. Haunting. Couldn't get it out of my head for days.12/16/2014
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11/20/14Proto-Scorpions of the SilurianJim Shepardshort storyLike You'd Understand, Anyway. Interesing family study. More implied than said. Good example of how to NOT tie things up neatly, yet still tell a compelling story./reading-room-the-zero-meter-diving-team-by-jim-shepard
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11/20/14Hadrian's WallJim Shepardshort storyLike You'd Understand, Anyway. Strong characters. Great historical detail. Just keep coming back to that word: compelling.
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12/16/14This Old House Erotic Fan Fiction Rebecca Schermshort storyhttp://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/this-old-house-erotic-fan-fictionI approached this humorous piece with a doubtful look. Satire is so hard to pull off and I often find stories published in McSweeneys miss the mark for me. Not this one, though....http://storyaday.org/reading-room-this-old-house-erotic-fan-fiction-by-rebecca-scherm/
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12/19/14The gifts of the magiO. henryShort storyFamiliar.
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12/27/14MinotaurJim ShepherdShort StoryThis story hit the ground running:

"Kenny I hadn't seen in, what, three, four years..."

It doesn't ever really stop and give you much backstory. It's a great example of how to create a world and weave the history of the characters throughout the story without ever stopping for a big info dump.

I was intrigued from the first word, even if I felt like I didn't really know what was happening until I was a good couple of pages in.

By the end, I really cared what happened to the main character even though he wasn't terribly sympathetic in some ways.

It's not a long story but it is densely packed. Impressive.
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12/28/14Today Will Be A Quiet DayAmy HempelShort Story"The girl gave her brother a look you could iron clothes with"
Not much happens in this story about a father taking his son and daughter on a day out, and yet I couldn't stop reading. It was full of character and authentic relationships and the little, everyday details that painted them. I read it slowly and it made me happy.
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1/1/15Bertie's New YearL.m.montgomeryShort StoryThis was sent via Short Story Thursday.

Reminder not to worry too much about critique group feedback!! ;)
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1/2/15The Vanishing RedRobert FrostPoemNot terribly poetic. Modern. Realistic. Meh.
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1/12/15The Stars Are FallingJoe R. LansdaleShort StoryFound in "Stories" - Neil Gaiman and

"Before Deel Arrowsmith came back from the dead, he was crossing a field by late moonlight in search of his home."

Wasn't sure where this was going. Turned out to be a man returning to east Texas after fighting in The Great War.

Great descriptive writing with character stuff. We see everything from the pov of the taciturn, changed older man Deel, trying to come home to his family after he physically arrives. Great example of internal landscape of a down to earth man traumatized by the impossible circumstances of war.
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1/13/15The KnifeRichard AdamsShort StoryOn first coming to the end of this taut little tale I was a bit disappointed: is that it? But then I realized that the last line was perfect and the story really was done and that was all there was to it. Not hugely original but so well done: atmospheric and well-drawn tale of a boy in a 1938 English boarding school, being bullied and wondering if he's found a way out. Source: Stories edited by Gaiman and Sarrantonio
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1/13/15Weights & MeasuresJodi PicoultShort StorySad. Dangerous read for a parent. I liked the end but felt it swooped in a little too quickly. Liked the fantasy aspect and the use of arcane knowledge. Not a happy story though. Totally lived up to the "and then what happened" remit of the collection, though.
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1/14/15A Mother's LoveLottie LynnShort StoryA chilling science fiction story that was selected for the BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines series in 2014.

The stories are supposed to "have a strong emphasis on narrative" and this one does.

I love stories like this, where no-one really explains much and you have to figure it out from the clues in the story.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/profiles/5vnMXM2DxqGX9BVfcxZSktg/a-mothers-love

"Child wanted something to do. Mother had left him in their room, because she had to fix a pipe. He had wanted to help; but she said no, she didn’t want him to get hurt. Child thought it was because he lacked sadness whenever she left..."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/profiles/5vnMXM2DxqGX9BVfcxZSktg/a-mothers-love
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1/18/15A MisunderstandingAlphonse DaudetShort StorySource: shortstorythursdays

Two sides of the same story, a husband and a wife. It wasn't terribly compelling since it was predictable. The wife didn't have much depth. You could do better. Use this as a story prompt: one incident, make & female perspectives.
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1/21/15HomeGeorge saundersA soldier returns from a modern war, but not to "home"
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2/3/2015 20:03:49In Cretaceous SeasJim ShepardShort StoryLoved the writing at the start: well researched but deeply thought about too. Imagery and sentence construction, fab. Then this weird jump to the modern and human. Disorienting. But I kept reading. Ending more fantastic again. Had to read it again. WANTED to.
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2/4/2015 3:36:41Pleasure boating in Lituya BayJim ShepardShort Story
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2/4/2015 3:38:04Ancestral LegaciesJim ShepardShort StoryEthnologist working under Third Reich, searching for yeti in Tibet
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3/10/2015 15:12:31Thea's First HusbandBk StevensShort StoryMeh
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3/10/2015 15:13:18
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3/10/2015 15:13:51The care and feeding of houseplantsart TaylorShort StoryHeh. Loved this
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4/15/15Doctor who story (name?)Neil GaimanShort StorySweet
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5/3/2015And weep, like AlexanderNeil GaimanShort Story
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5/4/2015The Whitest LieStephanie D. ShaverShort StoryDid a good job of pulling me into a world I didn't know (in an anthology of stories written in a Mercedes Lackey universe by various authors). I quickly cared for the main character, was intrigued and rooted for him. A good example of how to tease the reader with questions they want answers to, without making them feel lost. Just the right length.
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5/21/2015 7:18:32The CalifornianMark TwainShort StoryI've read enough stories like this that I spotted the twist coming, but really beautiful writing (and thinking). Try reading it out loud. Even with my Scottish accent I found myself being forced in to antiquated, Southern rhythms. Oh, to find such a natural voice in my own writing!
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6/22/2015 6:43:42The Weight Of A blessingAliette de BodardShort StoryThis felt like a fully-realized world. As such, it was confusing and I left the story not really sure what happened or that I understood the events. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. A little frustrating if you're not in the right mood. The author is French and I felt the language was a little antiquated/formal at times, but not often. (Any my French should be so good! Her English is better than most English speakers'). Not sure I enjoyed this. A bit bleak. But good world building, economical...not 100% successful, imo, but certainly not boring or predictable.This felt like a fully-realized world. As such, it was confusing and I left the story not really sure what happened or that I understood the events. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. A little frustrating if you're not in the right mood. The author is French and I felt the language was a little antiquated/formal at times, but not often. (Any my French should be so good! Her English is better than most English speakers'). Not sure I enjoyed this. A bit bleak. But good world building, economical...not 100% successful, imo, but certainly not boring or predictable.http://storyday.org/rr-blessing-de-bodardhttp://clarkesworldmagazine.com/debodard_03_13/
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6/26/2015Peace For Our TimesChris OvendenShort StoryDelightful, well-paced flash fiction with a potentially-alternate-history will-he-or-won't-he vibe. I was amazed by the comments which were incredibly nit-picky and ignorant of both history and subtlety. "Readers like things tidy" said one blowhard, confidently discounting me and everyone like me. Few of the American readers could identify the main character and few could identify the war. One did, but thought Stalin might be the enemy (he was an ally!!). Just goes to remind me that not everyone is going to 'get' every story and it doesn't matter. Someone will, if it's a good story. And that is the person you're writing for . Write for the top 5% of your audience (check the source of that quote).http://www.everydayfiction.com/peace-for-our-times-by-chris-ovenden/
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8/30/2015 10:43:51On CosmologyRóisín o'donnellShort StoryI'm often wary of modern Irish and British stories because they tend to be grim.
in On Cosmology A lecturer in astrophysics wonders about the ‘gooey, alien-like creature’ which may be growing inside her.
So yes, it does deal with sex and issues of pregnancy --- and in less-than-ideal-circumstance--- but it escapes being grim. Perhaps because of the curiosity that drives the main character's msuings? I like the narrator and the picture of her world that she paints. This is a good one!
http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/short-story-on-cosmology-by-róis%C3%ADn-o-donell-1.2332305
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9/2/2015The Goat VariationsJeff VandermeerShort StoryNot an easy read, but mind-bending in a deliciously difficult way. The website inaccurately casts the main character as "George Herbert Walker Bush" when in fact it is George W. Bush. But the story? The story is great!9/8/15 - The Goat Variations, by Jeff Vandermeer, plays with reality and alternate realities, in the best traditions of 'what if' speculative fiction.

It starts with a scene that most people who were sentient in Sept 2011 (or shortly thereafter) will recognize, but then things get weird.

Slowly you start to realize that things are not as they should be and your brain starts running quickly to catch up. Then things get REALLY weird...

This was not an easy read. It was mind-bending in a deliciously difficult way.

Small nit-pick: the website that I'm linking to here inaccurately casts the main character as "George Herbert Walker Bush" when in fact it is George W. Bush.

But the story? The story is great!

Read the story here

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http://storyaday.org/rr-the-goat-variations-by-jeff-vandermeerhttp://www.vulture.com/2015/08/read-jeff-vandermeer-911-fiction-short-story.html
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