You've Got To Read This is an anthology supplying short stories that are the favorite reads of some of the finest writers of the 20th century. Every writer should be reading, especially the most exemplary works of well-written prose. "Goodbye, My Brother" by John Cheever is one of my favorites due to the family dynamics it portrays with simple, straightforward narration, and it is introduced by Allan Gurganus.
This book, though not a recent publication, is a great start for the writers looking to learn by reading. The short introductions given by the author that selected each piece adds to the reading of each work. Not only do I get to read a great short story, but I also get to understood what drew the accomplished writer to be moved by the work and name it as one of his or her favorites.
So track down this text and sit down for that occasional short read that you can examine both for the writing skill itself as well as for what an establish writer might find worthwhile in it.
As said in Lu Chi's Wen Fu, "When cutting an axe handle with an axe,
surely the model is at hand."