300 short stories: story 281

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, …

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 …

300 short stories: story 279

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 …

300 short stories: story 278

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 …

300 short stories: story 277

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): …