While we’re on the topic of short stories …
Raymond Carver has been hailed as the “savior of the American short story.” And from a certain perspective, he was. Carver not only wrote the most influential short stories of his generation, but gave extensive advice on the subject, as well.
While I feel that Carver’s achievements have become somewhat inflated, he was certainly a great writer and can provide inspiration to anyone looking at writing literary fiction. His so-called “minimalist” style is as gorgeous and mysterious as a talented surfer on a giant wave. And he makes it look just as effortless.
The less said about his sordid life the better, perhaps, but if you wanted to know more about him, YouTube has this 5 part video:
Of course, what you should really do is read some of his fiction.