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I’m Reading The Best American Short Stories 2021

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I used to read The Best American Short Stories pretty regularly ever since I started studying creative writing. Somehow I sort of fell off the wagon for the last few years, though. I haven’t read since Roxane Gay was the guest editor for the 2018 edition. Well, I’m catching up. I’m starting with the newest edition, 2021, and going backwards until my set is complete on my bookshelf.

The Best American Short Stories 2021

My copy of The Best American Short Stories 2021 edition arrived on Sunday. I’m two stories in so far. I always get the paperback version of these, for some reason. I think it’s because I like to carry them around and look pretentious. Or desperate, maybe?

They always pick twenty stories for the book every year, so I’ve got eighteen more to go. I can’t read it at work since I didn’t get this one on Audible. I’ve been getting novels read to me by Audible because I can put my headphones on all day and do whatever I need to do throughout the day and still finish a book fairly quickly. For these short stories, though, I have to do it old-school. They do have an Audible edition of these now, but I think I’ll force myself to read these traditionally, because– I don’t know– moderation?

The Best American Series Helps Me Find Novels, Too

Once I’m done with the year’s short stories, I usually look for recent or upcoming novels or collections from the authors of the stories that I really liked and read those as soon as I can. I’m sure some people wouldn’t like this because it’s probably super elitist. I do miss a lot of small press stuff this way, unfortunately. This method was always a good way to sort of stay a little current on the literary side of things, though. I almost always had a book or something to talk about with fellow writers and with any professors who wandered into my um, area.

Anyway, my goal is to read all of the short stories in this book by the end of the week.

If you like short stories, here is my short story, “Replacement Parts”, that I posted on my blog last week. It’s certainly no Best American material, but hey, maybe one day.




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Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA Summer Residency, 2022. Photo by Ben Keeling.

I’m Eric Shay Howard and I’m a bad blogger. I’m also an author. I live in Louisville, Kentucky and work at a law firm.

I’m currently a graduate student in a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Lately, I’ve been blogging about that. I also have a Master of Business Administration and have completed a few certificate programs in Human Resource related studies. Occasionally I blog about business and other MBA-related things. Blogging about my day, bad dates, or package delivery issues are also not out of the question.

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Eric’s bookshelf: currently-reading

The Silkworm
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Words of Radiance
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The Cloven Viscount
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Dark Rise
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The Gunslinger
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Mistborn: The Final Empire
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Blogs and People I Like

Here are some other blogs and people that I like to read or keep up with. The order is arbitrary because I started out going for alphabetical order but then got busy with classes or something so now sometimes I just rearrange them for no reason.

Equipment Test! Podcast Artwork

I made a really bad podcast over the summer called Equipment Test! because I bought a microphone. But if you like really bad podcasts, you can listen to it here, or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other places.

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