All posts tagged: Ottessa Moshfegh

300 short stories: story 281

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story: “No Place for Good People” author: Ottessa Moshfegh year: 2016 where: Dubai Metro note: I love the juxtaposition posed between the restaurant Friendly’s and Hooter’s. I do think the entire last paragraph of the story should have been cut. a line:  “Paul pushed himself up and scooted out from the booth and stood next to her, staring down at the flame, and she sang to him in Spanish, softly, beautifully, glancing bashfully up into his small, […]

300 short stories: story 280

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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 myself. That is all that matters here. That is the secret thing I found.” theme(s): Young love, individuality, angst, mothers […]

300 short stories: story 279

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story: “An Honest Woman” author: Ottessa Moshfegh year: 2016 where: Parker’s, post-Flywheel note: I love how Moshfegh always uses cats as a way for her characters to describe people. Her different characters in different stories all have their own connotations with cats and humans and gender roles. a line:  “’Are you southern?’ the girl asked, ignoring his invitation. She looked snooty. She looked distrustful.” theme(s): Skin condition, romance, men and women, deception

300 short stories: story 278

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story: “Mr. Wu” author: Ottessa Moshfegh year: 2016 where: Yamanote Atelier, Dubai note: An earlier version of this story is on The Paris Review and is called “Disgust”…I’m glad I read it with its revised title, because the original title is too leading. a line:  “More than anything in the world, perhaps more than winning her heart, he did not want to appear awkward.” theme(s): Attractive, middle-age, love, prostitution,

300 short stories: story 277

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story: “Bettering Myself” author: Ottessa Moshfegh year: 2013 where: Al Reem summer, had me a blast! note: I just ordered myself two large Coke Zeros (delivery) after rereading this ending. a line:  “The waitress went away and my ex got up to use the men’s room, and when he got back he asked me to stop calling him.” theme(s): Addiction, depression, inappropriate relationships