100 short stories:: story 81

story: Is Laughter Contagious? 

author: Joyce Carol Oates

year: 1992

where: kitchen table, fingers stained red from Spanish cherries

note: meeting JCO is three weeks!

a line: “Nor have we streets, in the old sense of that word– we have “lanes,” we have “drives,” we have “passes,” “circles,” “courts,” even “ways,” but we do not have “streets.””

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