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400 short stories: story 318

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2019 short stories

story: “The Weeping Child” author: Jane Gardam year: 1963 where: Burj al Salam, Dubai note: I just ordered her collection. I love the ending of this story, because it doesn’t follow the conventional rules of short stories. “A ghost of somebody who is still alive”–amazing! a line: “I saw only the housekeeper who was a slut and kept a television set going–with the sound turned down–the whole time I was with her. All the time she looked […]

400 short stories: story 307

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2019 short stories

story: “The Leopard” author: Anthony Marra year: 2015 where: A bed on the 33rd floor. note: There’s a description near the end where the narrator, Roman, considers all the folks responsible for erasing people, and it makes me think of the book Ordinary Men. a line: “It takes nothing less than the whole might of the state to erase a person, but only the error of one individual–if that is what memory is now called–to preserve her.” […]

400 short stories: story 306

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2019 short stories

story: “Meat” author: Leah Hampton year: 2019 where: Dubai note: I love how Alison and the sow are both survivors (somewhat). a line: “Hogs are just flesh, and they had indeed cooked, alive in the fire, through the night. As they approached, the scent of smoke and carnage made a wall Alison could almost lean into.” theme(s): Modern farming, education, food industry