WELL: I was posting some recommendations on short stories to evangelical outpost, and I though I'd pass them along here:
"I'd add "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner (once described to me as the best American short story ever, described by me as really good but unintentionally creepy)
and "A Simple Heart" by Flaubert (though all of his short stories, as memory serves, are quite good).
Also "The Wall," which is by sartre, and is probably as good a meditation on moral responsibility and absurdity as you're likely to read.
And "A Hunger Artist" by Kafka.
And "The Nose" and "The Overcoat" by Gogol."