Funny Shorts

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.