1. Michael, Pulphead (JJ Sullivan)
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    There are so many good things about this story, but this passage describes MJ's famous 1983 performance in which he bargained for one solo and moonwalked for the first time, which Id never seen. It's amazing. How stoked are you if you show up for some Motown anniversary concert and get to witness that? http://bit.ly/1KecBsI
  2. Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel's Coat, The Great Automattic Grammatizator (Roald Dahl)
    Pawn shops and mink coats and affairs and a twist that made me laugh. I didn't really understand how a pawn shop worked until reading this.
  3. The Third and Final Continent, Interpreter of Maladies (Jhumpa Lahiri)
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    The whole book is lovely but this story especially. A man moves to Cambridge and boards with a very old woman, and his new wife through an arranged marriage comes to join.
  4. April in the Orange, How Bluegrass Music Destroyed My Life (John Fahey)
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    Teenage Fahey falls in love with a 14 yr old redhead on a bench at the top of the hill. In the first minutes of meeting she predicts he'll turn down his scholarship to Tulane and he ultimately does, to be with her. Bonus: http://bit.ly/1TJTqIQ John Fahey is my favorite musician (cc @charlie) and both his music and his writing are intricate and masterful and not very sane. I recommend wormholing through videos of him performing over the years.
  5. A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Nine Stories (JD Salinger)
    Muriel lounges in the hotel window seat, "a girl who for the ringing of a phone dropped exactly nothing. She looked as if her phone had been ringing continually since she reached puberty." This is the first story about the Glass family and has always stuck in my head as a perfect couple of scenes. 📞💅🌊🍌🔫
  6. A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again and Ticket to the Fair (David Foster Wallace)
    I couldn't choose between these two but they're both about Wallace partaking in crazy events that we've come to consider normal (a cruise and a county fair) and being like WTF. ASFTINDA: http://bit.ly/1IbcI66 TTYF: http://bit.ly/1TJQVX1