Give Me Your Shorts and Win NGEP!
You had such a great time with my last NGEP contest that I couldn’t in good conscience postpone this one another day.
(Yes. You did have lots of fun. Don’t argue with me.)
Last time, I pretty broadly asked you to recommend your favorite writers. I got everything from Richard Brautigan (whom I’ve since read) to Christopher McDougall (whom I’m reading right now) to Lev Grossman (whose The Magicians is sitting on my to-be-read shelf at home).
Good show, folks, but this time around, I’m looking for something more specific:
Recommend your favorite short stories to win more
Nathanael Green Endorsement Points!
Here’s how this thing works:
- I, Nathanael Green, ask you for recommendations of some sort.
- You offer up your suggestions in the comments, share your point of view, pimp your favorite writers, or maybe even do a little self-promotion.
- I, Nathanael Green, award you randomly assigned, worthless, and sometimes weird points or prizes.*
- You dazzle your friends at parties with your NGEPs and abnormal internet-based awards.
- And now that you’re hooked, you comment even more on this post to keep your name on the leader board.
So, dear recommendors, give me your favorite shorts. What are you reading now that you love? What did you read years ago that still gives you chills? New stuff, old stuff, weird stuff, creepy stuff … just no boring stuff.
As always, self nominations are welcome. In fact, if you’ve written a short story you think is kick-ass and would like to share, that’s even better because I can talk to the actual, living author about how it kicks ass. (Brautigan’s fun, but he’s also dead, which makes conversations difficult.)
Go forth and prepare for NGEP glory! (By “go forth” I mean scroll down and give me your recommendation in the comments.)
*I said it before, but just in case: I’m without a doubt making the Nathanael Green Endorsement Points (NGEP) system up as I go along and understand exactly how silly it is. They’re not worth anything whatsoever except as an inaccurate and arbitrary indication of my gratitude. Still, winning lots of points at anything rocks.
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