story: “The Bar of Our Recent Unhappiness”
author: Elizabeth McCracken
note: This story made me think of a New Yorker article I read in winter 2018 about the ethics of keeping people alive who are brain dead via machines.
a line: “’You know how it is. You get resigned. God helps you through.’ ‘Yes,’ I said, though I thought no such thing. I’d never before heard him talk such trash.””
theme(s): Death, Brain damage, Friendship