I'm just barely back (flu + a middle ear infection will get you every time) but wanted to share:
If you've ever, ever, had trouble compressing your complex plot lines and characters into a novel or, more to the point, a short story, Paul Theroux's "Twenty-Two Stories" in the April Harper's (not yet online, so go pick-up a copy) should turn that all upside down.
I, on the other hand, have the opposite problem: my stories are often very focused on one small moment in time and I sometimes feel they're too simple, too compressed. Theroux's stories, some only four paragraphs, beautifully capture the essence of a good story in such a small space that I'm inspired tenfold. In these brief stories, you can see the bones of structure and how so much can be communicated with so little.
Good stuff. I'm only an ear infection away from trying my hand at some shorter shorts myself.