Lest you think all short stories are a trudge through painful self-exploration and agony … try these:
There’s Angela Pneuman’s Home Remedies (recommended by ZZ Packer).
Sloane Crosley’s I Was Told There’d Be Cake (nonfiction). The first two essays alone are worth buying the whole book.
The T.C. Boyle stories I recommended yesterday (at least the first two) are a stitch, and right from the first words of “Descent of Man”: “I was living with a woman who suddenly began to stink. It was very difficult.” Ha!
And you can’t possibly leave out Truman Capote’s short stories — particularly the ones that poke fun at high society, New York life. Biting and hilarious.