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. …