100 short stories:: story 100

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 sea: its abundant salt, its marine life, those little islands of twisted plastic.”


100 short stories:: story 99

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.”

100 short stories:: story 98

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.”

100 short stories:: story 97

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 bestthe bestthe bestYou can’t beat me, no you can’t, so don’t even try, because I am the best.”

100 short stories:: story 96

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 that when we met the pace of life altered at once, all its atoms were recombined, and we lived in another, lighter time-medium, which was measured not by the lengthy separations but by those few meetings of which a short, supposedly frivolous life was thus artificially formed. ”