300 short stories: story 260

story: “Triumph of the Grave” author: Denis Johnson year: 2018 where: Holiday Chalet, Denver note: This is my favorite of the Johnson stories I have read so far. The end really lights up. I think part of the reason is the other stories I have read have been very male heavy without any central female …

300 short stories: story 258 & 259

story: “The Starlight on Idaho” & "Strangler Bob" author: Denis Johnson year: 2018 where: Denver, Mile High City, cielo notturno note: I learned about Antabuse. a line: “When the Devil gets that last hook in your heart, then he starts yanking you town to town.” theme(s): Addiction, mortality, criminality, society

300 short stories: story 241

story: “The Largesse of the Sea Maiden” author: Denis Johnson year: 2018 where: Le Brioche note: This is the title story from Johnson's collection and is an assigned reading for my workshop class in Aspen Words. a line: “Rather than memorializing him, we found ourselves asking, 'Who the hell was this guy?” theme(s): Aging, death, career