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300 short stories: story 275

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2019 short stories

story: “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” author: Joyce Carol Oates year: 1966 where: Casa note: Damon and I also watched Smooth Talk, the 1985 movie based on the short story. Much debate ensued. a line:  “But all the boys fell back and dissolved into a single face that was not even a face but an idea, a feeling, mixed up with the urgent insistent pounding of the music and the humid night air of […]

300 short stories: story 274

2019 short stories

story: “The Witch” author: Shirley Jackson year: 1949 where: kitchen table note: I’m looking for a story I read by Jackson a long time ago. I think the woman’s name is Mrs. X. a line:  “He was an elderly man, with a pleasant face under white hair; his blue suit was only faintly touched by the disarray that comes from a long train trip.” theme(s): Train travel, strangers, motherhood, witches

300 short stories: story 271

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2019 short stories

story: “In the Shadow of Man” author: Bell Boggs year: 2018 where: Al Reem Island, babycakes note: So many great observations about liberals and charter schools, but instead of being funny like one might expect, the observations are rather alarming and sometimes harmful. a line:  “Maybe Todd and Lori were having issues like that—Lori a programmer, so friendly and competent, and Todd with his weird odd jobs and reptiles, his way of standing silently off to […]

300 short stories: story 244

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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, it feels unconscionable to list them all here individually. P.S. Thank you Isabella Simonetti for the book. a line: “‘Most people […]