story: “Scenes of Passion and Despair”
author: Joyce Carol Oates
where: Abu Dhabi, kitchen table
note: The scene in the tiny grocery store is the best part.
a line: “It was only the end of June and it seemed to her the summer had lasted years already. How to survive the summer?”
& “The lover will not even grow old: he will explode into molecules as into a mythology.”
theme(s): Adultery, love, sex