Dan Rhodes provides us with his literary top 10.
He likes Chekov (#1), Flannery O'Connor (#10), and thinks that everyone in school deserves to know how we are being systematically hoodwinked (#2). This last one is a staple in my research paper writing classes.
And because I was googling like mad, click here are more excerpts--Face, Lost, Herself, Mold--from his book Anthropology. My favorite from that collection was the last story "Words" and that one where the girl was named Tadhana.