100 short stories:: story 92

story:ย Daisy Miller

author: Henry James

year: 1878

where: in bed, over the covers

note:ย technicallyย aย novella…butย Iย haveย readย longer “shortย stories”ย too

aย line:ย โ€œ’Heย accountsย forย itย byย hisย handsomeย face,ย andย thinksย Missย Millerย aย youngย ladyย quiย seย passeย sesย fantaisies!'”

100 short stories:: story 90

story:ย The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas

author: Ursula Le Guin

year: 1975

where: kitchen table UAE, new bird mug

note: social contracts, distant pain we cannot hear, sewn ears

a line: โ€œThe trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain. If you can’t lick ’em, join ’em. If it hurts, repeat it. But to praise despair is to condemn delight, to embrace violence is to lose hold of everything else. We have almost lost hold; we can no longer describe a happy man, nor make any celebration of joy.โ€

100 short stories:: story 88

story:ย Risk Management

author: Alix Ohlin

year: 2017

where: skidmore college library, thunderstorms everywhere

note: from Kenyon Reviewย 

a line: โ€œYou could see them congratulating themselves for hiring her every time they walked past the desk, where Little would be typing with blistering efficiencyโ€”she had those gel nails, and every week a different work of art was splayed across her hands, fireworks or hearts or skulls for Halloweenโ€”and simultaneously scheduling an appointment on the phone.โ€

100 short stories:: story 87

story:ย For the God of Love, for the Love of God

author: Lauren Groff

year: 2016

where: amsterdam, cheese shop

note: this story has a strange strange little boy, or maybe I’m just not inside the heads of little boys enough

a line: โ€œSchool was so gray and useless compared to what waited for her in Paris; her life on hold in that hot place where she’d lived out her terrible childhood.โ€

100 short stories:: story 86

story:ย Sail

author: Tash Aw

year: 2011

where: taxi, Al Falah Street

note: long short story, set in Hong Kong by my favorite Malaysian writer

a line: โ€œShe knew it sounded stupid but she loved the feeling of being between places, of being nowhere. It made her feel she could go anywhere; anytime she wanted, on her own. She would never be pinned down; she would always be her own woman, never dependent on anyone.โ€