"Moby-Dick," "Autobiography of Red," and more. “Moby-Dick”; Anne Carson’s “Autobiography of Red”; Calvino’s “Invisible Cities”; and “The Story and Its Writer,” edited by Ann Charters, a monumental, 1,600-page anthology of 115 short stories. There are so many amazing pieces of fiction in that book — arranged alphabetically from Chinua Achebe to Richard Wright. I discovered Cheever in there, and Barthelme, and Henry James, and a dozen others. That’s probably the one book I have opened at some point during each of the past 20 years.