I’m letting out a deep sigh I as write this closing for “The Best American Short Stories 1984”.
I had such high hopes for myself when I started this anthology. I felt that I would attack it and read through it with all the gusto as say…the John Gardner edited anthology.
Perhaps I didn’t want to finish this collection. Honestly, the stories collected here by Updike were outstanding. Collected, I think I have enjoyed them the most of all the BASS I have read to this date.
Of course, I did wonderful job of throwing obstacles up in front of my progress.
I read Ian Frazier’s rather large book - “Travels in
I’ve spent a good amount of time reading and writing about Tolstoy’s “Resurrection” as my first selection for that journal.
So, in closing, here is the breakdown for BASS 1984
It took -
2 months 29 days
12 weeks six days
64 week days
Which works out to
One story every 4.5 days.
Gender profile of the anthology - 12 men and 8 women.
Stories from representing certain magazines more than once. - 5 from The New Yorker, 2 from The Georgia review, 2 from The Greensboro Review.
Goodbye John Updike and thanks for some great reads.
Now…1985 is approaching quickly!