Lorrie Moore edited this year’s volume of The Best American Short Stories (so-called, at least).
Although it’s not scheduled to appear until October 14, a reader named Tao reports that the volume is available now at St. Mark’s Bookshop in the East Village. Tao says Moore’s introduction “is long and good, written at times in her prose fiction style. She even uses the word ventriloquist.” Naturally, I called to reserve a copy.
I’ve said it before, but Lorrie Moore’s recent work — if Birds of America, published in 1998, can still be called “recent” — hasn’t resonated for me as much as her early collections. Still, thanks to an old friend‘s casual recommendation back in the 80’s, Moore was one of my early short story heroes. I’m all hyped up about her “paired reading” with ZZ Packer, to be held this Friday night as part of the New Yorker Festival.