100 short stories:: story 77

story: Clean, Cleaner, Cleanest 

author: Sherman Alexie

year: 2017

where: Vietnam, Majestic Hotel Saigon

note: reading so widely these days

a line: “She remembered reading once that Cleopatra had lived closer in time to the building of the first Pizza Hut than to the building of the Great Pyramid of Giza.”


100 days 100 short stories:: story twenty-two

story: What You Pawn I will Redeem 

author: Sherman Alexie

year: 2003

where: kitchen table, Italy

note: a reread, the first story seventeen-year-old me read after moving to New York City

a line: “Maybe the cancer started in her broken heart and then leaked out into her breasts.”