400 short stories: story 317

story: “The Ice Wagon Going Down the Street” author: Mavis Gallant year: 1963 where: Burj al Salam, Dubai note: reread a line: “Snow, which he tasted, melted on her hands. His gesture of licking snow from her hands was formal as a handshake.” theme(s): Self-delusion, expatriate life, storytelling, loyalty


400 short stories: story 313

story: “A Dream of Men” author: Mary Gaitskill year: 1988 where: Home, kitchen table note:  Apparently this story is discussed by Ben Marcus and Deborah Treisman on an episode of The New Yorker: Fiction podcast; I'll have to give it a listen this week.  a line: “Ever since then, Laura had felt good around Dr. Ramirez. … Continue reading 400 short stories: story 313

400 short stories: story 311

story: “The Stone” author: Louise Erdrich year: 2019 where: Happiness Island note:  "This story is about finding solace in an entity that isn’t human." -Erdrich a line: "A stone is, in its own way, a living thing, not a biological being but one with a history far beyond our capacity to understand or even imagine.” & "A stone … Continue reading 400 short stories: story 311

300 short stories: story 266

story: “Everyone Cried” author: Lydia Davis year: 2019 where: Our Tiny House in Oregon note: From the 2019 NYer online Flash Fiction series a line:  “After lunch, we usually felt better, and the office was filled with its normal hum and bustle, people carrying folders and walking briskly here and there, sudden bursts of laughter rising from … Continue reading 300 short stories: story 266

300 short stories: story 265

story: “Pet Milk” author: Stuart Dybek year: 1984 where: Aspen note: I want to try a King Alphonse drink sometime. a line:  “There was a yellow plastic radio on her kitchen table, usually tuned to the polka station, though sometimes she’d miss it by half a notch and get the Greek station instead, or the Spanish, or the … Continue reading 300 short stories: story 265