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300 short stories:: story 169

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2018 short stories

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.”

300 short stories:: story 170

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2018 short stories

story: “Time for the Eyes to Adjust” author: Linn Ullmann year: 2018 where: New York City  note: some of this story reminds me of Picasso’s personal life (though I hear there are clues in this story that the story leans more autobiographical towards the writer’s parents) a line: “The father used to say that for his seventieth birthday he would invite all the wives, too, and the mothers and the women who were neither wives nor mothers, but […]

300 short stories:: story 167

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2018 short stories

story: “The Entire Northern Side Was Covered with Fire” author: Rivka Galchen year: 2014 where: casa e lavoro note: this story is more an experience than a memory-maker a line: “The novel was a love story, between a bird and a whale. Why was I already low on money? Partially because money just flies, as they say, or I guess it’s time they say about that, the flying, but money, too. Very winged.”

300 short stories:: story 166

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2018 short stories

story: “The Lost Order” author: Rivka Galchen year: 2014 where: casa dolce casa note: I can’t recall the stimulus for purchasing Galchen’s book, American Innovations, and this makes me sad. I hate forgetting. This story has a ring like Carver’s “A Small, Good Thing”…a ringing call. The main character also feels like a more morose and confused Lorrie Moore character. a line: “I have not always–had not even long–been a daylight ghost, a layabout, a mal pensant, […]