In a few pages of carefully crafted thoughts, short story writers can capture a piece of our minds, memories, beliefs, flaws or realities that we often don’t admit to or understand. And yet we come to these stories to have these aspects of our thoughts revealed and presented for our contemplation. Each week we will read one or two short stories for discussion. Class members have a reputation for being perceptive, thoughtful and thorough in these discussions, and while we may not always agree on what a story means, we always leave the class with a deeper understanding of it (and often of ourselves). Each class participant is asked to choose a date to lead one of these discussions. Stories will be selected from two texts: The Best American Short Stories 2018, Roxane Gay, ed. (Mariner Books, 2018); and The O. Henry Prize Stories 2018, Laura Furman, ed. (Anchor, 2018). In addition, some class members may choose stories not in the texts. We will host three authors this semester, who will join the class to present their stories. No class on 5/27/19.