300 short stories: story 299

story: “Blue” author: David Brooks year: 1985 where: kitchen, Big Gate napping note: Brooks is a poet turned prose writer, though in 1989, he wrote about the breakdown of genre. This is one of his first short stories. Something about this story also reminds me of the night Obama won the election. a line:  “How so many …

300 short stories: story 295

story: “The Boy” author: Joyce Carol Oates year: 1988 where: the Ikea kitchen table note: This story is one long sentence! No, wait, two sentences. a line:  “I opened his pants and took hold of him but he was soft, breathing fast and shallow, was he afraid?...” theme(s): Teacher student relationship, sex, desperation

300 short stories:: story 227

story: “Watchdog” author: Nick Almeida year: 2016 where:  客厅,大门 (di nuovo) note: short short story from Baltimore Review a line: “Later, she left for Montana with Neal—the man from the computer, Pap called him—and the dog went too.” theme(s): Womanhood, strength, parenthood