story: The Lazy River author: Zadie Smith year: 2017 where: university campus note: I live somewhere that has its own "lazy river", when did I expect this? I still prefer sometimes-grimy sometimes-lush Brooklyn. a line: “But once you have entered the Lazy River, with all its pliability and ease, its sterilizing chlorine and swift yet manageable currents, it is very hard to accept the … Continue reading 100 short stories:: story 100
story: "Cat Person" author: Kristen Roupenian year: 2017 where: new bedroom, computer light and warm tea note: a story with buzz a line: “But the thought of what it would take to stop what she had set in motion was overwhelming; it would require an amount of tact and gentleness that she felt was impossible to summon.”
story: The Last Rung on the Ladder author: Stephen King year: 1987 where: Saadiyat note: class reading a line: "Yes, I guess she must have gotten tired of waiting. I'd rather believe that than think of her deciding I must have forgotten."
story: likes author: Sarah Shun-lien Bynum year: 2017 where: campus, Saadiyat Island note: a story that needs a bit more daring, more push a line: “I am the best, she sang tunelessly, the best, the best, the best. You can't beat me, no you can't, so don't even try, because I am the best."
story: Spring in Fialta author: Vladimir Nabokov year: 1936 (English 1947) where: Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo Resort note: sometimes on an ordinary day, you need to read a masterpiece a line: “And regardless of what happened to me or to her, in between, we never discussed anything, as we never thought of each other during the intervals in our destiny, so … Continue reading 100 short stories:: story 96