Speaking of editorial tastes, it's that time of year, holidays approaching and, yes, the arrival of the annual end-of-year lists, with excellent, good, and sometimes average writing recognized. Alas, this year's otherwise terrific Best American Short Stories lacks a selection from your favorite West Coast lit mag, but does include in its enviable “Notable” section a short story by frequent SMR contributor Michael Cadnum. It must be a damn good story indeed because “Slaughter” also made it into the back of Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012, too. I sure liked it. For more on Cadnum's work, check out his website. If you want a copy of the story, let me know, and I will mail you a back issue.