I was a bit taken aback by the first and last one. The first story puts me off because I don't like (read: despise) dumb protagonists - it doesn't matter whether they are male or female, old or young, human or not, or how crafty the story's been told. As to the last one, well, it's actually not that bad. I'm just wondering if she has taken it too far that's all.
"But I love you, he will say in his soft, bewildered way, stirring the spaghetti sauce but not you, staring into the pan as if waiting for something, a magic fish, to rise from it and say: That is always enough, why is that not always enough?" p.59, <How>
"...dating someone who is funny, someone who has what in high school you called a 'really great sense of humor' and what now your creative writing class calls 'self-contempt giving rise to comic form.'" p.121, <How to Become a Writer>...Continua