The list author says: "Hi. This is a list from 2009 (June 27) issue of Entertainment Weekly. I don't know the merit of it or how much I agree or disagree with it, but Elizabeth Gilbert has a great list here! I have personally used and enjoyed Robert Olen Butler's story and Adam Johnson's story in English composition classes, both at the university level and at the community college level! Also, I think Raymond Carver and Alice Munro and Junot Diaz are excellent choices! Now will this stand the test of time? Who knows?"
"Beside the story called "Drown" in this collection, check out his prize winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and then watch as he wins more and more prizes with future books! This author is going to be one of the greats!"
"everybody seems to be jumping on this story since the movie and I can't separate the hype anymore from the writing. Is it really all that? I don't know, but "Brokeback Mountain" is a story that will be here tomorrow."