Short & Sweet Past Readings


  • Willa Cather, “The Sentimentality of William Tavener”
  • Eudora Welty, “A Worn Path”
  • Dorothy Parker, “A Telephone Call”
  • Octavia Butler, “Bloodchild”
  • Allegra Goodman, “A Challenge You Have Overcome”
  • Te-Ping Chen, “Shanghai Murmur”
  • Richard Ford, “Sweethearts”


  • Henry James, “The Aspern Papers”
  • Leo Tolstoy, “God Sees the Truth, but Waits”
  • NoViolet Bulawayo, “Hitting Budapest”
  • Shirley Jackson, “Charles”
  • Ring Lardner, “Haircut”
  • David Szalay, “Turbulence”
  • Ernest Hemingway, “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”
  • Lorrie Moore, “You’re Ugly, Too”
  • Edith Wharton, “The Pelican”


  • Octavia E. Butler, “Speech Sounds”
  • Graham Swift, “Blushes”
  • Anton Chekhov, “Darling”
  • Robert Frost, “The Question of a Feather”
  • Ernest Hemingway, “In Another Country”
  • Bryan Washington, “Katy”
  • Elizabeth Spencer, “A Southern Landscape”
  • Shirley Jackson, “The Lottery”
  • Tony Earley, “The Place of Safety”
  • Edgar Allan Poe, “The Tell-Tale Heart”


  • Alice Munro, “The Bear Came Over the Mountain”
  • Jhumpa Lahiri, “The Third and Final Continent”
  • Shirley Hazzard, “Villa Adriana” from Cliffs of Fall
  • Edith Wharton, “The Muse’s Tragedy”
  • Tim O’Brien, “The Things They Carried”
  • Savyon Liebrecht, “Apples from the Desert”