300 short stories:: story 162

story: Love Machine

author: Samantha Hunt

year: 2017

where: home physically, but mentally with The Man Who Fell to Earth

note: George Saunders, Ovid, and Dostoevsky would have a party in this story

a line: “’Machines,’ he continues, ‘have one of only two choices. Either they are run by humans or else they run themselves. And the way I see it, either choice is no good for me.’”

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300 short stories:: story 151

story: Three Days 

author: Samantha Hunt

year: 2006

where:  Saadiyat

note: still waiting for The Seas

a line: “Beatrice’s mother still works for Mythologic and now she firmly believes that all concepts are better communicated through specious retellings of ancient myths. Most of the time, Beatrice can’t see the connections.”

300 short stories:: story 139

story: A Love Story 

author: Samantha Hunt

year: 2017

where: bus from Saadiyat to the Abu Dhabi Central Post Office

note: I read this before, I realize…2/3rds of the way into it. It’s at the carrot stick I remember; the boy who wants a snack.

a line: “From one small body I made three new humans. I grew these complex beauties. I made their lungs and noses. It took everything I had to make them. Liver? Take it. Self-worth? It’s all yours. New people require natural resources and everyone knows you don’t get something for nothing. Why wouldn’t I be hollowed out? Who can’t understand this math?”

100 short stories:: story 78

story: A Love Story 

author: Samantha Hunt

year: 2017

where: #7 bus, Abu Dhabi

note: reminds me of Lauren Groff, but more frayed

a line: “It can be hard to tell with men, whether they are really here or not. Especially a man with a smartphone.”