happy birthday to joy williams:
my favorite contemporary short story is still 'shepherd,' from the collection taking care, first published in 1982.
"The shepherd was brown and black with a blunt, fabulous face. He had a famous trick. When the girl said, 'Do you love me?' he would leap up, all fours, into her arms. And he was light, so light, containing his great weight deep within himself, like a dream of weight."