So, the short story has been my medium of choice, since I started writing/studying writing seriously.. and over the last year or so, I've read the likes of Hemingway and Bradbury, some of Fitzgerald's work, as well as Hawthorne's... some of Poe's stuff.. and a small amount of recent material, mostly what Glimmer Train publishes (though those stories are usually first publications, and not exactly great examples of the *BEST* work). My question to you is this: What, in your opinion, are some of the best modern day short story writers? I'm talking within the last decade, to five years, and more importantly, the current state of writing. Sure I can study the above mentioned masters to get an idea of how to pace a narrative, present characterization or description, how to set a scene, show and tell, etc. etc., but the 'styles' have become more or less obsolete, or 'archaic'.. especially in the grammar and use of language. I'm attempting to become more familiar with the current trend and language and style of the 'modern masters,' if you will. Any suggestions would be appreciated.