Every semester, the same stories cycle through the syllabi. Denis Johnson’s “Emergency” and Raymond Carver’s “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” are two that come immediately to mind.
The are, in my opinion, fantastic stories, and I enjoy reading them every time. Yet it is always a pleasure to encounter a new story, to experience that sensation of missing a step on the way down a staircase.
This semester, between my two literature classes and fiction writing workshop, I was introduced to three spectacular stories I had never heard of before, some by authors I had never heard of before.
“Greatness Strikes Where It Pleases,” by Lars Gustafsson
“A Temporary Matter,” by Jhumpa Lahiri
“The Ceiling” by Kevin Brockmeier
These stories are the literary masterpieces that remind me why I am a Creative Writing student. These are the authors who inspire me to write, revise, read and write. In a way, they might even be the reason I’ve started this blog.
If I can’t ever think of something to say, I can always remark at how wonderful it is when someone says exactly what you’re feeling in all the right ways.