300 short stories:: story 218

story: “The Faery Handbag” author: Kelly Link year: 2005 where: afterwork at work note: There is a free copy of this story online via Small Beer Press! a line: “If you called the faery handbag by its right name, it would be something like “orzipanikanikcz,” which means the “bag of skin where the world lives,” only Zofia … Continue reading 300 short stories:: story 218


300 short stories:: story 199

story: “Ulrikke” author: Jorge Luis Borges year: 1975 where: home on the range note: I like chance meetings. a line: “The pronouncement was an attempt at wit, and I sensed this wasn’t the first time she’d voiced it. I later learned that it was not like her—but what we say is not always like us."

300 short stories:: story 187

story: “Five Questions for the Snake Charmer” author: C Pam Zhang year: 2019 where: read on my phone note: something short and not sweet a line: “Pinned under that false gold, he’ll look as much the good Chinese boy as I am the bad Chinese girl, the kind who makes a public spectacle out of alcoholism as … Continue reading 300 short stories:: story 187

300 short stories:: story 186

story: “Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman” author: Haruki Murakami year: 2006 where: midday and golden note: I love Murakami's introduction to this collection. He writes, "My short stories are like soft shadows I've set out in the world, faint footprints I've left behind." a line: “My cousin lived nearby, but I was just over a decade older than him … Continue reading 300 short stories:: story 186

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