300 short stories:: story 172

story: “The Adventure of a Traveler”

author: Italo Calvino

year: 1958

where: Philadelphia Fox Chase train

note: From Gli Amori Difficili 

a line: “The apartment was again in darkness. The train devoured its invisible road. Could Frederico ask more of life? From such bliss to sleep, the transition is brief.”

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300 short stories:: story 161

story: The Black Cat

author: Edgar Allen Poe

year: 1843

where: mio ufficio

note: Someone left this fine story at the printer! Snatched! Also, this story was first printed in Philadelphia, my home city. A good story for a Halloween mood.

a line: “My original soul seemed, at once, to take its flight from my body; and a more than fiendish malevolence, gin-nurtured, thrilled every fibre of my frame.”