So: I'm frustrated, and I flail. Mostly due to my own inadequacies. I felt distanced by the stories, but maybe I wouldn't have if I'd been more familiar with the lives of the authors represented. She seemed to get the voices of Poe and Hemingway fairly well, anyway! I liked the near-future story, "EDickinsonRepliLuxe" the best, since it was literary science fiction in a modern setting.
Questions for audience participation and bonus points: Have you read anything by Oates? What did you think of it? Do you have recommendations for me?