Joy Williams “Honored Guest”|Short Story #344

story: “Honored Guest” author: Joy Williams year: 2004 where: Philadelphia, the first day of Thanksgiving break note: As can be expected, I have been reading a lot of short stories since returning to school full-time this August. With repatriating, Covid, schoolwork, bouts of melancholia, missing traveling, city life, dates, and hunkering down, and....and....and... I have … Continue reading Joy Williams “Honored Guest”|Short Story #344


400 short stories: story 328

story: “Party Girl” author: Nadifa Mohamed year: 2016 where: mio ufficio, back hurting note: This is from the collection Reader, I Married Him: Stories inspired by Jane Eyre, edited by Tracy Chevalier. a line: “I was good to go, he said. Small enough, plan enough and broke enough for most men to wanna date.” theme(s): … Continue reading 400 short stories: story 328

300 short stories: story 282

story: “To Reach Japan” author: Alice Munro year: 2012 where: Starbucks, Festival City note: I picked up this book for only 39 dirhams--Dear Life--and the writing is so good, so much denser than what I've been reading, books by younger contemporary female writers, mostly. Her style (as well as the font) reminds me of the Maeve … Continue reading 300 short stories: story 282

300 short stories: story 280

story: “The Locker Room” author: Ottessa Moshfegh year: 2016 where: Somewhere in Dubai note: The ending is a stunner. a line:  “But I never did try very hard to please my mother. In fact, I never tried hard to please anybody at all after that day in the locked room. Now I only try hard to please … Continue reading 300 short stories: story 280

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