1. J.C. Audetat, Translator of Don Quixote
    So wonderful, so subtle and genius a twist at the end. I remain so, so in love with this story. 💯
  2. Sophia
    I normally hate dwelling on sad stories, and try not to revisit them. But this one is so thought-provoking through its melancholy, and so tender that I reread it. Could a robot be more affected--more devastated--by love because she is capable of fathoming the concept of finite? And do humans get over love by using a comforting yet falsely-perceived idea of life providing us infinite experiences? This was the point that made me realize this book ranged from light comedy to deep, serious stories.
  3. The Rematch
    Perfect story to start the collection with that really drew me in. It was 2014 and all I knew about B.J. Novak was he played a jerk on The Office, so I read the first story in the bookstore trying to figure out what kind of book it was. By no means completely representative of the book as a whole, but a good first impression that, bottom line, sold me. Because why is the lesson of The Tortoise and the Hare, "slow and steady wins the race"?
  4. "Everyone Was Singing the Same Song": The Duke of Earl Recalls His Trip to America in June of 1962
    I just love how the duke's fond memory of the spirit of America is based on innocent ignorance. And wouldn't that be the most ideal spirit of America? Everyone singing the same song?
  5. No One Goes to Heaven to See Dan Fogelberg
  6. Monster: The Rollercoaster
  7. Kellogg's (or: The Last Wholesome Fantasy of the Middle-School Boy)
    I like how as a longer story, there are several twists you don't see coming. Sometimes I like stories/books because you can predict a storyline, and when things you expect happen, you seem simpatico with the author. Sometimes I like when you can't predict what's going to happen in a story at all, but it feels pleasant to you by its innovation. The stories in this book tend to trend toward the latter for me. And I find that cozy.
  8. Walking on Eggshells (or: When I Loved Tony Robbins)
  9. One of These Days, We Have to Do Something About Willie
    It's interesting how the circumstances of this story are so far from my life...I will never find myself staging an intervention-turned-vegas-blowout...but there are certain touches that are so relatable.
  10. A Good Problem to Have
  11. The Girl Who Gave Great Advice
  12. Kindness Among Cakes
  13. If I Had a Nickel
  14. Confucious at Home
  15. Heyyyyy, Rabbits
  16. Quantum Nonlocality and the Death of Elvis Presley
  17. Kate Moss
  18. The Walk to School on the Day After Labor Day
  19. I Never Want to Walk on the Moon
  20. Dark Matter
  21. The Something by John Grisham
  22. They Kept Driving Faster and Outran the Rain
  23. Bingo
  24. The Impatient Billionaire and the Mirror for Earth
  25. Great Writers Steal
  26. Welcome to Camp Fantastic for Gifted Teens
  27. Never Fall in Love
  28. The Best Thing in the World Awards
  29. Johnny Depp, Fate, and the Double Decker Hollywood Tour Bus
  30. All You Have to Do
  31. Chris Hansen at the Justin Bieber Concert
  32. The Man Who Posted Pictures of Everything He Ate
  33. Angel Echevarria, Comediante Superpopular
  34. Constructive Criticism
  35. The Pleasure of Being Right
  36. Missed Connection: Grocery spill at 21st and 6th 2:30 pm on Wednesday
  37. War
  38. The Vague Restaurant Critic
  39. The World's Biggest Rip-Off
  40. Strange News
  41. The Ambulance Driver
  42. Rome
  43. Just an Idea
  44. The Ghost of Mark Twain
  45. Marie's Stupid Boyfriend
  46. The Market Was Down
  47. Wikipedia Brown and the Case of the Missing Bicycle
  48. If You Love Something
  49. Pick a Lane
  50. Discussion Questions
  51. The Literalist's Love Poem
  52. There Is a Fine Line Between Why and Why Not
  53. A New Hitler
  54. 'Rithmetic
  55. Romance, Chapter One
  56. Being Young Was Her Thing
  57. Regret Is Just Perfectionism Plus Time
  58. Closure
  59. The Man Who Told Us About Inflatable Women
  60. Julie and the Warlord
  61. The Comedy Central Roast of Nelson Mandela
  62. The Beautiful Girl in the Bookstore
  63. The Bravest Thing I Ever Did