300 short stories:: story 189

story: “Man-eating Cats” author: Haruki Murakami year: 2006 where: in palestra note: a reread, a favorite, a fantasy! a line: “The wind was the wind at the edge of the world. An inescapable retro color filled the place. It made me feel as if I were being quietly swallowed up by an alien reality, something foreign and … Continue reading 300 short stories:: story 189


300 short stories:: story 184

story: “Commerce and Residue” author: Tim Fitts year: 2017 (in Go Home and Cry for Yourselves) where: mio ufficio note: a great story for our age of cultural appropriation politics a line: “Marcus slightly envied the fact that Pham had an automatic angle borne into her. She was part of the diaspora. Her father had spent time in … Continue reading 300 short stories:: story 184

300 short stories:: story 176

story: “Saint Andrew's Hotel” author: Sara Majka year: 2016 where: Greece note: from Cities I’ve Never Lived In a line: “Peter stayed in the hospital until he was twenty-one; nobody could find his parents, and the hospital had put him to use in the kitchen.”

300 short stories:: story 169

story: “The Adventure of a Soldier” author: Italo Calvino year: 1984 (English translation) where: Philadelphia train note: Such great description of how time stretches in the moments of nearness to someone we desire. a line: “This meeting of calves was precious, but it came at a price, a loss: in fact, the body's weight was shifted and the … Continue reading 300 short stories:: story 169

300 short stories:: story 166

story: “The Lost Order” author: Rivka Galchen year: 2014 where: casa dolce casa note: I can't recall the stimulus for purchasing Galchen's book, American Innovations, and this makes me sad. I hate forgetting. This story has a ring like Carver's "A Small, Good Thing"...a ringing call. The main character also feels like a more morose … Continue reading 300 short stories:: story 166