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 … Continue reading 300 short stories:: story 181

300 short stories:: story 113

story: How She Remembers It  author: Rick Bass year: 2006 where: Muscat airport note: father and daughter story a line: “And it was enough, was more than enough, to have that pink cotton candy, and to be driving on, and to simply imagine, rather than really remember, what it would have been like, riding the Ferris Wheel around … Continue reading 300 short stories:: story 113

300 short stories:: story 112

story: The Lives of Rocks   author: Rick Bass year: 2006 where: Zanzibar, overlooking the Indian ocean and drinking Coke Light from a glass bottle note: This story masters a feeling of loneliness so profoundly as to kill it simultaneously, and connect us deeply with the sensitive and intelligent protagonist, unwell yet alive in her snowy mountain … Continue reading 300 short stories:: story 112

300 short stories:: story 111

story: Pagans   author: Rick Bass year: 2006 where: islands note: I might have ended up doing some needless research on diving bells... a line: “Even now, Richard thinks they missed each other by a hairs-breadth, that some sort of fate was deflected--though how or why or what, he cannot say. He thinks it might have been one of … Continue reading 300 short stories:: story 111

300 short stories:: story 110

story: Her First Elk  author: Rick Bass year: 2003 where: work, Saadiyat, between meetings note: I did not expect to like this story as much as I did. a line: “And once they had the elk overturned, Ralph emasculated it with his skinning knife, cutting off the ponderous genitals and tossing them farther into the field with no … Continue reading 300 short stories:: story 110