1. "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor
    Heartbreaking and perfectly crafted. Might be the best American short story. Probably the best American short story.
  2. "A Perfect Day For Bananafish" by J.D. Salinger
  3. "The Semplica-Girl Diaries" by George Saunders
  4. "Bullet In The Brain" by Tobias Wolff
  5. "Unprotected" by Simon Rich
  6. "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gillman
  7. "Pastoralia" by George Saunders
  8. "No One Goes To Heaven To See Dan Fogelberg" by @bjnovak
  9. "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut
  10. "St. Lucy's Home For Girls Raised By Wolves" by Karen Russell
  11. "The Man From The South" by Roald Dahl
  12. "To Build A Fire" by Jack London
  13. "13, 1977, 21" by Jonathan Lethem
  14. "The Gold Cure" by Jennifer Egan
  15. The Pugalist at Rest by Thom Jones
    Suggested by @emheb
  16. "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner
    Suggested by @carolineschwartz