Another great short fiction writer, Philip Langeskov, once said that to read a short story collection from start to finish is ‘to do yourself a mischief’. With that in mind, I recommend one a day. Think of it as medication. Take it before or after food, perhaps huddled under a blanket, perhaps hiding under your desk. If someone happens to disturb you, hold up the book. Offer a corner of the blanket. Like cigarettes, poems and unwanted advice, short stories belong to a different economy.