300 short stories: story 265

story: “Pet Milk” author: Stuart Dybek year: 1984 where: Aspen note: I want to try a King Alphonse drink sometime. a line:  “There was a yellow plastic radio on her kitchen table, usually tuned to the polka station, though sometimes she’d miss it by half a notch and get the Greek station instead, or the Spanish, or the … Continue reading 300 short stories: story 265


300 short stories: story 264

story: “Balloon Party” author: Tom Barbash year: 2014 where: Aspen note: from Stay Up With Me  a line:  “He liked the style of his parents’ friends, their breadth of experience and flowery elegance; their love of old jazz standards and good stiff drinks. Not infrequently Timkin wished that he’d lived in their day because he didn’t … Continue reading 300 short stories: story 264

300 short stories: story 262

story: “Blame” author: Aimee Bender year: 2019 where: California Zephyr Train note: From the last issue of Tin House a line: “Buy more, said the lady. Rich lady. Come back to Yum-Yum. Eat yum-yum. Clog your arteries. Enjoy life.” theme(s): Miscarriage, class, wealth, blame

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

300 short stories: story 260

story: “Triumph of the Grave” author: Denis Johnson year: 2018 where: Holiday Chalet, Denver note: This is my favorite of the Johnson stories I have read so far. The end really lights up. I think part of the reason is the other stories I have read have been very male heavy without any central female … Continue reading 300 short stories: story 260