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The Solipsist

I like short stories, and Tobias Wolff is one of my favorite authors. I don't often reread stories, but I've reread his story "The Liar" numerous times. Here's a taste:

"Then again maybe I haven't done anything wrong, I don't know what to think anymore. Nobody does."

"I know what to think," Mother said.

"So does the solipsist. How can you prove to a solipsist that he's not creating the rest of us?"

This was one of Dr. Murphy's favorite riddles, and almost any pretext was sufficient for him to trot it out. He was a child with a card trick.

"Send him to bed without dinner," Mother said. "Let him create that."

The story is found in numerous anthologies and of course in Wolff's books like Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories, but "American Short Story Masterpieces," edited by Raymond Carver and Tom Jenks is a nice way to get the story. The collection leans towards the realist side of storytelling, and includes stories by many of my favorite authors.

One With A Bullet

I love short stories, and so when I learned that Tobias Wolff had some new stories, and had released them in a collection with a selection of his earlier stories I didn't order it from Amazon. I didn't take advantage of my Amazon Prime account and its two-day delivery. No, I stopped by my local bookstore on the way home from work and purchased Our Story Begins: New And Selected Stories by Tobias Wolff. It includes one of my all time favorite short stories, "Bullet in the Brain," and you're in luck the New Yorker has a podcast of T. Coraghessan Boyle reading the story. Give it a listen, even if you're familar with the story Boyle's reading is excellent, and the discussion of the story is also interesting.