300 short stories: story 263

story: “Bullet in the Brain”

author: Tobias Wolff

year: 1995

where: Aspen

note: Reread! Breathtaking.

a line:  “He did not remember Professor Josephs telling his class how Athenian prisoners in Sicily had been released if they could recite Aeschylus, and then reciting Aeschylus himself, right there, in the Greek.”

theme(s): Society, Memory, Death, Joy

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100 days 100 short stories:: story 48 & 49

story: Gryphon

author: Charles Baxter

year: 1985

where: Reem Island

note: substitute facts!

a line: “My feeling is, if you don’t like a word, you don’t have to use it.”


story: The Rich Brother

author: Tobias Wolff

year: 1985

where: kitchen table, after midnight

note: reread

a line: “What Pete had come to, as far as he could tell, was prosperity.”

100 days 100 short stories:: story twenty-four

story: Bullet in the Brain 

author: Tobias Wolff

year: 1995

where: a cozy wooden room, 600 meters high in the mountains

note: a favorite!

a line: “He did not remember Professor Josephs telling his class how Athenian prisoners in Sicily had been released if they could recite Aeschylus, and then reciting Aeschylus himself, right there, in the Greek.”