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.”

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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.”