400 short stories: story 305

story: “Chechnya” author: Anthony Marra year: 2010 where: kitchen table, Abu Dhabi note: Marra's novel is on my list. a line: “Time was marked not by minutes but by men. Eight one night, eleven the next. Each felt like a porcupine between her legs. Men from Rome, Naples, and Palermo. Men from Scotland, Luxembourg, and Germany. American … Continue reading 400 short stories: story 305


300 short stories: story 276

story: “The Use of Force” author: William Carlos Williams year: 1938 where: Al Reem Island, summer note: This early example of flash fiction appears in the syllabus for a Stanford University course on the rise of scientific medicine. The syllabus also includes the term "the medical gaze." I think this is in my top 20 favorite … Continue reading 300 short stories: story 276

300 short stories: story 270

story: “Light as a Feather” author: Karen Shepard year: 2017 where: Abu Dhabi note: First weekend back from the USA a line:  “Their story bored her. Their infertility bored her. It was the same as a million other people's, some of whom she'd met in waiting rooms, all eying each other, as if there were only … Continue reading 300 short stories: story 270

300 short stories: story 263

story: “Bullet in the Brain” author: Tobias Wolff year: 1995 where: Aspen note: Reread! Breathtaking. a line:  "He did not remember Professor Josephs telling his class how Athenian prisoners in Sicily had been released if they could recite Aeschylus, and then reciting Aeschylus himself, right there, in the Greek.” theme(s): Society, Memory, Death, Joy

300 short stories: story 261

story: “The Girl Who Did Not Know Fear” author: Kelly Link year: 2019 where: California Zephyr Train note: From the last issue of Tin House a line: “They don't have sex shops in Quebec? After that, Martine went through this whole phrase.” theme(s): Mothers and Daughters, Queer relationships, travel, fear