300 short stories: story 244

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, …

300 short stories:: story 217

story: “The Excursion” author: Joy Williams year: 1972 where: Dining hall on Saadiyat note: What a fascinating story construction; Williams moves seamlessly in and out of childhood and adulthood of the protagonist. a line: “Jenny lies a little. She is just a little girl, a child with fears. She fears that birds will fly out of the …

300 short stories:: story 135

story: Are They Vampires, or Are They Just Chinese? author: C Pam Zhang year: 2017 where: airplane note: from an interview about the story, Zhang said, "What’s creepy is my being haunted for years by the pressure to write a Sad Immigrant Story." a line: “We wear long driving gloves even when we don’t drive. And when we do: roof down, swinging over curbs, black …

300 short stories:: story 116

story: "I Only Came to Use the Phone" author: Gabriel García Márquez year:  1992where: home, kitchen table note: undercurrents reminiscent of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper a line: “He gave her a bishop's blessing from the door, asked her to trust him, and disappeared forever.”