300 short stories:: story 158

story: What Terrible Thing It Was author: Esmé Weijun Wan year: 2017 (but read in 2018's Best American Short Stories) where:  home with Bowie note: I remember the morning I found out Trump won too. I was plant-sitting at a magical apartment in Al Ain Towers with my then-boyfriend, who woke me up to break the news. …

100 days 100 short stories:: story 44

story: The Tutor author: Nell Freudenberger year: 2003 where: kitchen table, dark at 6PM in Abu Dhabi note: a reread, a favorite a line: “He hated the idea of learning words from a list; it was like taking vitamin supplements in place of eating. ”