And addressed a couple of related issues:
A BOOK TO WHICH YOU ALWAYS RETURN: "Collected Stories" by Eudora Welty. Proves you can do remarkable things if you just stay home and do them.Read more about Ford's most essential books.
A CLASSIC YOU REVISITED WITH DISAPPOINTMENT: "Ulysses" by James Joyce. Way too long, and unduly obscure. Should have stuck to short stories.