300 short stories:: story 177

story: “The Billings Brothers at the End of the World”

author: Chelsea Hanna Cohen

year: 2019

where: back home, Abu Dhabi

note: from Split Lip 

a line: “Philip thinks there’s something wrong with the ride, but then he realizes that everything is shaking and Suzie is screaming and off in the distance the skyline of the city crumbles, entire skyscrapers falling into themselves before his eyes, and he barely has time to marvel at what he’s seeing before the bones of the Ferris wheel give way as well.”

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300 short stories:: story 176

story: “Saint Andrew’s Hotel”

author: Sara Majka

year: 2016

where: Greece

note: from Cities I’ve Never Lived In

a line: “Peter stayed in the hospital until he was twenty-one; nobody could find his parents, and the hospital had put him to use in the kitchen.”

300 short stories:: story 173

story: “The Paper Menagerie”

author: Ken Liu

year: 2011

where: Think Coffee…first short story of the new year. Hello, 2019!

note: The first short story to win the Nebula, the Hugo and the World Fantasy Award

a line: “The catalog said she was eighteen, loved to dance, and spoke good English because she was from Hong Kong. None of these facts turned out to be true.”

300 short stories:: story 169

story: “The Adventure of a Soldier”

author: Italo Calvino

year: 1984 (English translation)

where: Philadelphia train

note: Such great description of how time stretches in the moments of nearness to someone we desire.

a line: “This meeting of calves was precious, but it came at a price, a loss: in fact, the body’s weight was shifted and the reciprocal support of the hips no longer occurred with the same docile abandon.”