400 short stories: story 313

story: “A Dream of Men”

author: Mary Gaitskill

year: 1988

where: Home, kitchen table

note:  Apparently this story is discussed by Ben Marcus and Deborah Treisman on an episode of The New Yorker: Fiction podcast; I’ll have to give it a listen this week. 

a line: “Ever since then, Laura had felt good around Dr. Ramirez. Every time she saw her, she thought, Ways to be a loving person.”

theme(s): Sexuality, death, aging, desire


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