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Jamel Brinkley “Comfort” | Short Story #342

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2020 Short Stories

story: “Comfort” author: Jamel Brinkley year: 2020, Ploughshares where: Quarantine, Duja Tower, Dubai note: Today, I ventured to the gym for the first time in months. I booked an appointment and I had the 52nd floor all to myself with a view of Rashid Tower, the first skyscraper in the UAE. a line: “Other than the natural redness of the wife’s hair and the fact that she, like her husband, doesn’t actually wear glasses, the […]

Alice Munro “Night” | Short Story #341

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2020 Short Stories

story: “Night” author: Alice Munro year: 2012 from Dear Life  where: Quarantine note: This story made me think about what Zadie Smith said about the difference between the past and now, and how in the past, folks discussed things so much less. I really liked the brief rumination on psychiatry near the end. a line: “I knew now that he had not heard me getting up and walking around on just this one night. The […]

Alice Munro “Carried Away” | Short Story #340

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story: “Carried Away” author: Alice Munro year: 1991 where: Quarantine note: This story came to me by a mention from Lorrie Moore. It is such an elegant story, full of historic markers big and small. There’s something at the end (the conflation of men and memory) that reminds me of what did Susan Minot did in House of Women (also published in 1991!), though Munro’s way is more subtle. There’s also a mention of the […]

Blake Butler “The Disappeared” | Short Story #339

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2020 Short Stories

story: “The Disappeared” author: Blake Butler year: 2013 where: Quarantine note: I learned about this story from a charming essay on Lit Hub by Nick Ripatrazone. It was described as “a story about a boy’s longing for his missing mother during a pandemic, and how we have to hold on to hope even when the entire world feels like it is falling apart.” a line: “The police showed up and bent him over and led […]