Hm, I noticed the recycled stories in the curated collection too. Well to be honest, I noticed because I got a notification one of my stories was included in this collection. I’m not complaining — but I do know this same story has been featured before. Since then I’ve written a whole lot more and so have others on here. Better stories, if you ask me. Personal bests and best received hardly ever overlap, I’ve made my peace with that oddity of art. It is of course highly subjective. But the fact that certain stories get featured and more than once makes me think there’s one particular person at Medium who “does” fiction. Medium boasts about humans doing the curating and they are doing a great job overall, but when it comes to fiction we might be seeing personal preference play a larger role than it should.