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The Best American Short Stories 2008 by Salman Rushdie
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Jan 05, 10

Read in January, 2010

Kevin Brockmeier is always a treat--The Year Of Silence reminds me of the kind of dreamy supernatural short stories I wrote to get into Columbia.

Alice Munro's Child's Play is magnificent and devastatingly haunting. Eesh.

George Saunders's Puppy is perfect in its brevity, funny and unassuming.

But by far my outstanding favorite is Steven Millhauser's The Wizard of West Orange. An actual steampunk Edison/Tesla crazy invention lab story! In Best American! Written in breathless, article-less prose that documents the attempt to invent a haptograph, a machine to reproduce touch sensations, during the same era in which the kinetoscope and gramophone are pioneering reproduction of the other senses. Why not? Loved it.

There's also a vampire story. Way to stay on the bleeding edge, Rushdie. Get it?? Bleeding???

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