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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

300 short stories: story 244

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story: “Eating Fish Alone” author: Lydia Davis year: 2014 where: Home, in bed note: In The New Yorker, Davis’ eyes have been described as “blue milk glass”…and this sentence could almost constitute the length of an average story by Davis. In truth, I’ve read several dozen of her stories this week, but they are so short, it feels unconscionable to list them all here individually. P.S. Thank you Isabella Simonetti for the book. a line: “‘Most people […]