story: “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”
author: Joyce Carol Oates
note: Damon and I also watched Smooth Talk, the 1985 movie based on the short story. Much debate ensued.
a line: “But all the boys fell back and dissolved into a single face that was not even a face but an idea, a feeling, mixed up with the urgent insistent pounding of the music and the humid night air of July.”
theme(s): Dating, Mothers and daughters, Sexuality, Vanity