Marie-Helene Bertino’s Top 10
Once upon a time I was a student of Irish poetry and learned the word “aisling”: feeling the universe in one small moment. I chose ten stories that contain personal aislings. I can point out lines I’ve written based on revelations and “rules” I culled from these stories. I decided it was most ethical (though heartbreaking) to disqualify stories from journals I’ve edited. The thought of what I left out makes me itch (Denis Johnson). I could tweak this list for weeks, adding and subtracting but, please, I must get back to my family.
|1.||"What You Pawn I Will Redeem," Sherman Alexie||2.||"Loser," Aimee Bender|
|3.||"Why Don't You Dance," Raymond Carver||4.||"Fat Women Float in the Air Like Balloons," Amanda Davis|
|5.||"In the Heart of the Heart of the Country," William Gass||6.||"Today will be a Quiet Day," Amy Hempel|
|7.||"Digging," Beth Lordan||8.||"Proto-Scorpions of the Silurian," Jim Shepard|
|9.||"A Perfect Day for Bananafish," J.D. Salinger||10.||"Deb Olin Unferth," Deb Olin Unferth|