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Danielle Evans “Harvest” | Short Story #338

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story: “Harvest” author: Danielle Evans year: 2010 from before you suffocate your own fool self where: Quarantine note: When I began this story, I thought it was going to be a first-person plural POV, but it surprised me into shifting into first-person singular. a line: “Every time I call my house, even those times when I am calling because my mother has forgotten to pick me up or call me back or send me something necessary, […]

300 short stories: story 294

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story: “There’s a Man in the Habit of Hitting Me on the Head with an Umbrella” author: Fernando Sorrentino year: 1970 where: the Ikea kitchen table note: A must-read. a line:  “All he does is hit me. He accompanies me in all my acts–even the most intimate ones. I remember, in the beginning, that the blows kept me from sleeping; I now believe it would be impossible to sleep without them.” theme(s): Self-harm, Self-esteem

300 short stories: story 286

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story: “Scenes of Passion and Despair” author: Joyce Carol Oates year: 2019 where: Abu Dhabi, kitchen table note: The scene in the tiny grocery store is the best part. a line:  “It was only the end of June and it seemed to her the summer had lasted years already. How to survive the summer?” & “The lover will not even grow old: he will explode into molecules as into a mythology.” theme(s):  Adultery, love, sex