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Monthly Archive for December, 2016

“Love” by Stephen O’Connor

In Stephen O’Connor’s “Love,” Alice’s roommate recently passes away. At the funeral, she meets “a lean, broad-shouldered young man with Slavic cheekbones and wiry black hair that curled crookedly off the top of his head like smoke from smoldering fire” — her roommate’s former boyfriend, Ian. They get closer and after a couple of weeks […]

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“Tell me things I won’t mind forgetting,” she said.  “Make it useless stuff or skip it.” Amy Hempel’s short story “In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried” is a story about sickness and loss.  A woman must go through the experience of watching her friend slowly become more sick and eventually die.  Throughout the […]

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Stories, like conjuring tricks, are invented because history is inadequate for our dreams. – Steven Millhauser In Steven Millhauser’s “Behind the Blue Curtain,” the narrator, a young boy, who goes to the movies every Saturday afternoon during the summer with his father. Until one day his father is unable to take him, so he is left to […]

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“You look fine,” he says. “You look great. I’d buy a car from you anytime.” “But you don’t have money,” she says, peering into the mirror. In Raymond Carter’s “Are These Actual Miles?” Toni and Leo’s struggle is represented by the car that they bought before they were in debt. The car must be sold […]

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