300 short stories:: story 185

story: “Dance in America”

author: Lorrie Moore

year: 1998

where: home, sleepy and dreamy

note: I am rereading…and searching for a quote I know is in the collection Birds of America…somewhere. Why did I not mark it?

a line: “I sit between the bulletin board and the window.”

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300 short stories:: story 182

story: “Men Without Women”

author: Haruki Murakami

year: 2017

where: golden chaise

note: I haven’t picked up this collection since summer 2017.

a line: “I already know what it is to be the second-loneliest man on earth. But I still don’t know what it is to be the loneliest. A deep gulf separates the second and the first loneliest on earth.”

300 short stories:: story 181

story: “The Blue Tree”

author: Rick Bass

year: 2014-ish

where: sofa and sleepy

note: This story encapsulates the impermanence of things, things like youth, places, and moments, but also–the pleasure of reading a short story. I’m reading and rereading Rick Bass this week while pondering the destruction of Joshua Tree National Park and other parks throughout the US, caused by human hubris and malice.

a line: “He savors it, knowing it won’t always be this way. But it is now. More so than he could ever have imagined.”

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.