300 short stories: story 295

story: “The Boy” author: Joyce Carol Oates year: 1988 where: the Ikea kitchen table note: This story is one long sentence! No, wait, two sentences. a line:  “I opened his pants and took hold of him but he was soft, breathing fast and shallow, was he afraid?...” theme(s): Teacher student relationship, sex, desperation


300 short stories: story 285

story: “By the River” author: Joyce Carol Oates year: 1969 where: Abu Dhabi, Gate Tower I Gym note: As I approach the 300 short story mark, I have been thinking of doing a top 15 list. Mentally, I have been traveling back to some of my favorite short stories I have read over the last … Continue reading 300 short stories: story 285

300 short stories: story 275

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 … Continue reading 300 short stories: story 275

100 days 100 short stories:: story 59

story: By the River author: Joyce Carol Oates year: 1969 where: above Canada note: a lot of traveling a line: “Why did her mind push her into the past so often these days, she only twenty-two (that was not old, not really) and going to begin a new life?”