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The Collected Stories
John McGahern
George Eliot
Omensetter's Luck
William H. Gass
Swann's Way
Marcel Proust, Lydia Davis
A Naked Singularity (Paper)
Sergio De La Pava
The Master and Margarita
Mikhail Bulgakov, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky
Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews
Geoff Dyer
Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace
Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self
Claire Tomalin
Maps and Legends
Michael Chabon
Calling Mr. King - Ronald De Feo Great premise. A career hit man, working for The Firm, is getting burned out. The same way as some mid-level bureaucrat gets burned out, and starts not to care much anymore about his job. His attention is increasingly being diverted by art, or Art, especially Georgian architecture. He wants to retire and be free to do what he wants, go where he pleases, and just enjoy his peace.
Stand in line.
He doesnt suffer enough, and he's not cold enough, or mean enough -- he's just not well developed enough. And I'd had enough.
The story just needed more ... ooomph.