300 short stories: story 269

story: “The Shared Patio” author: Miranda July year: 2007 where: Reed College at Writer Jim Shepard's Close Reading Craft Talk. An amazing experience! note: I bought July's book, No One Belongs Here More Than You, years ago at the cozy Barnes and Nobles on 6th Avenue in New York. That outpost has since closed. I …

300 short stories: story 268

story: “Contract Overseas” author: Mia Alvar year: 2015 where: Bagdad Theater on Hawthorne Blvd. note: I love brother sister sibling stories. This collection was recommended to me in Aspen. a line:  “After the cafés closed, they spilled into the dormitories to prolong such life-and-death debates as whether literature had social duties, as Salvador Lopez believed, or …

300 short stories: story 262

story: “Blame” author: Aimee Bender year: 2019 where: California Zephyr Train note: From the last issue of Tin House a line: “Buy more, said the lady. Rich lady. Come back to Yum-Yum. Eat yum-yum. Clog your arteries. Enjoy life.” theme(s): Miscarriage, class, wealth, blame

300 short stories: story 261

story: “The Girl Who Did Not Know Fear” author: Kelly Link year: 2019 where: California Zephyr Train note: From the last issue of Tin House a line: “They don't have sex shops in Quebec? After that, Martine went through this whole phrase.” theme(s): Mothers and Daughters, Queer relationships, travel, fear