300 short stories:: story 225

story: “The Bar of Our Recent Unhappiness”

author: Elizabeth McCracken

year: 1994

where: Saadiyat

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


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