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Alice Munro “Carried Away” | Short Story #340

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2020 Short Stories

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 […]

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, […]

Danielle Evans “Snakes” | Short Story #337

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2020 Short Stories

story: “Snakes” author: Danielle Evans year: 2010 from before you suffocate your own fool self where: Quarantine note: I like how this story showed how fear can develop; the example here is a fear of snakes, but it hints at the fear of abandonment and the “other” too. a line: “A confession: because I didn’t know the difference between kinds of intimacy back then, I told each of the first four men I slept with […]

Edith Wharton “Roman Fever” | Short Story #331

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2019 short stories

Dear Reader, For the beginning of this new year, I have decided to try something new. I will be creating short story video reviews in addition to my regular reviews on my website. In December 2016, I began keeping a record of the short stories I read and my affection for the genre has grown and grown ever since. I think short stories are the best kind of reading to recommend, because they are a […]

400 short stories: story 327

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2019 short stories

story: “The Husband Stitch” author: Carmen Maria Machado year: 2017 where: gold sofa note: Feelings on Occam’s razor? craft note: There are stage directions throughout the story. a line: “Afterward, everyone believed that she had wanted to die, even though she had died proving she wanted to live.” extra line: “As a grown woman, I would have said to my father that there are true things in this world observed only by a single set […]