story: “There’s a Man in the Habit of Hitting Me on the Head with an Umbrella”
author: Fernando Sorrentino
where: the Ikea kitchen table
note: A must-read.
a line: “All he does is hit me. He accompanies me in all my acts–even the most intimate ones. I remember, in the beginning, that the blows kept me from sleeping; I now believe it would be impossible to sleep without them.”
theme(s): Self-harm, Self-esteem