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 re-education camps.”

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300 short stories:: story 180

story: “Cream”

author: Haruki Murakami

year: 2019

where: in the bedroom

note: There wasn’t a cat.

a line: “In my life, whenever an inexplicable, illogical, disturbing event takes place (I’m not saying that it happens often, but it has a few times), I always come back to that circle—the circle with many centers but no circumference.”

300 short stories:: story 179

story: “Meals for Mourners/兄弟”

author: K Ming Chang

year: 2019

where: around the house

note: from the Nashville Review 

a line: “She wears her scarves even in the shower: checkered wool ones, polka-dotted cotton ones, infinity scarves in colors that scratch at your eyes, yellow and green and pink. Mama always says the best way to hide something is to draw attention to it.

300 short stories:: story 177

story: “The Billings Brothers at the End of the World”

author: Chelsea Hanna Cohen

year: 2019

where: back home, Abu Dhabi

note: from Split Lip 

a line: “Philip thinks there’s something wrong with the ride, but then he realizes that everything is shaking and Suzie is screaming and off in the distance the skyline of the city crumbles, entire skyscrapers falling into themselves before his eyes, and he barely has time to marvel at what he’s seeing before the bones of the Ferris wheel give way as well.”

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 reciprocal support of the hips no longer occurred with the same docile abandon.”