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 … Continue reading 300 short stories: story 299


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 244

story: “Eating Fish Alone” author: Lydia Davis year: 2014 where: Home, in bed note: In The New Yorker, Davis' eyes have been described as "blue milk glass"...and this sentence could almost constitute the length of an average story by Davis. In truth, I've read several dozen of her stories this week, but they are so short, … Continue reading 300 short stories: story 244

300 short stories:: story 187

story: “Five Questions for the Snake Charmer” author: C Pam Zhang year: 2019 where: read on my phone note: something short and not sweet a line: “Pinned under that false gold, he’ll look as much the good Chinese boy as I am the bad Chinese girl, the kind who makes a public spectacle out of alcoholism as … Continue reading 300 short stories:: story 187