Best Short Shorts is a collection of short short stories from Scholastic Book Services published in several printings from 1958 until at least an eighth printing in 1967 There are thirty five stories in the book about one third of which are from Collier's Others are reprinted from This Week Senior Scholastic Seventeen Liberty and The American Magazinefrom Tellers of Weird Tales


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    I stumbled upon this book in my grandmother's attic the spine falling apart and the pages emitting that old book smell My edition has a teenaged boy and girl on the cover standing back to back supposedly reading coyly studying one another Even before I opened it and began reading I could tell it had been published in the 1950's Short short stories that appeared in various magazines such as Collier's and Seventeen comprise this delightful little book The themes are widely diverse from actionadventure to romance to espionage to patriotic and even dramatic suspense While it wasn't difficult to figure out the ending's twist for many of them the style of writing artfulness of the different authors in using the brevity of a short short to get the message across and the messages were well worth the readAgain I found myself amazed and wistful at the innocence of the writing due supposedly to the innocence of the audience of this era Even the heavier themes of war and crime were conveyed in a way in which one still felt protected that honor was a big deal some sixty or seventy years ago One of my favorite stories was The Spelling Bee by Laurene Chinn in which a young Chinese girl is caught between the prestige of representing her teacher and her school in a spelling competition and the despair of knowing that her Cantonese mother refuses to leave the house and come watch her due to her mother's poor English language skills Language is a highway linking all peoples and all ages Mama was wrong to use language as a wall What a wildly different message from today's post modern America in which there is so little pride in learning the national language and assimilating into the culture The very last short story was by Isaac Asimov and it was chillingly prophetic in its ironic description of a society that no longer utilizes textbooks but everything written and taught is computerized The Fun They Had could hardly have been a accurate glimpse into today's cyber world and the gradual extinction of humanity's workings as we know it All in all this was a thoroughly enjoyable book and I read it with a pang in my heart as I realized afresh what a can of wormwood secular humanism has been to American society 1962 indeed was a line in the sand for the assault that was to take place on our nation It is clear even in the literature of secularists published before it how differently the world was viewed how haughty it has since become