She’s debased herself enough to be rewarded on the best-seller list. . . . No one ever said the best-seller list is like being short-listed for the Nobel Prize.
I saw the new Lorrie Moore edited “Best American Short Stories” at the store today, and ho-hum, it’s like every other version of that anthology, same old names, same old stories. They should rename it the “Annual of the American Short Story Writing Teachers’ Union.” I think that rather than the editor reading the stories they actually feed the year’s magazines into a computer program, and out comes the list, balanced ever so correctly between the Names That Must Be Included and a handful of Promising Newcomers who just happen to be well-conected. Just by coincidence.