“One Ordinary Day, With Peanuts,” Shirley Jackson, 1955 — Mr. John Philip Johnson spends the day strolling through his neighborhood, spreading kindness and good will. He returns home to his wife, who reports that she’s also been hard at work strewing chaos and spite.
Comments: Read in The Best of the Best, ed. Merril.
Author: Wikipedia: “Shirley Hardie Jackson (December 14, 1916 – August 8, 1965) was an American author. A popular writer in her time, her work has received increasing attention from literary critics in recent years. She has influenced such writers as Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Nigel Kneale and Richard Matheson.”