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As far as reading short books, I really enjoy them for the same reasons that I like to take breaks from reading longer books. There will be times when you just don't want to tackle 1000+ page books like Les Miserables, War & Peace, or Anna Karenina, yet sometimes short stories just seem, well, short. Novellas fill that gap nicely, and they are great for folks who have not been much in the habit of reading, who want to get their feet wet without drowning in paper. Short stories have their place as well, but I like them best when several of them are gathered in an anthology, to be perused at my leisure in small chunks, while having the freedom to skip ones I don't find interesting.
I'm thinking the short story suits me so much better because I'm not into writing (or reading) long passages of description, and setting isn't very important to me. I'm way more character and plot driven.
It's a great list and I've read quite a few of them.
You have included most of the greatest authors of all time.
I think short stories are easier both to write and read.
As a writer, the short story is the best teacher for honing one's skill.
As a reader its the best introduction to new authors.
To avoid producing snapshots, a conclusion that reflects the stories' themes will either be inevitable or jolt the reader. Sometimes the inevitability may elude the reader until the final sentence. I wouldn't know how to flesh out a plot I have cooked up. The best way, surely, is to dwell on people and events that concern one and let actions take their course.