This hardy perennial keeps up the same sort of selection in these twenty one pieces drawn from such magazines as The New Yorker, The Virginia Cuarterly, The Kenyon Review, Epoch, Quixote, The Paris Review, etc. known names such as Shirley Jackson, Robert Coates, Christine Weston, Flannery O'Connor consort with newcomers. There are regional stories of the South:- Nathaniel LaMar writes of a doctor's ruination in the Creole quarter; Flannery O'Connor of a major break and coming together of grandfather and grandson precipitated by the perils of a visit to the city. There are stories of New York:- such as John Shepley's story of an Irish boy who holds to his heart the clean, generally controllable working of a machine in defense to the sordidness of the rest of his life and the sodden sentiment of his drinking mother. There are stories on foreign soil:- Robert Coates' American discovers terror and the tenor of his life in a Paris incident that follows his ""innocent"" instigation; Christine Weston's Indian guide wearies himself with a young American couple but reaches the old woman who accompanies them. Shirley Jackson's surprise and George Elliott's query in Is He Dead? provide whimsy in lighter and heavier terms. Pieces on love, politics, religion, work close in on the life experience; all are sturdy, some are stimulating.