marginalia || The World is the Home of Love and Death, by Harold Brodkey

To propose a reality as story rather than a story as reality might at least remind you what a prior thing experience is. And how we hide it in stories. [. . .] I can see why people prefer characters to have the abstract bodies of conventional references, to be bronze in that sense, and not [...]

reading || Some Harold Brodkey; Some David Foster Wallace; Some Lydia Davis; Some Thomas Cobb

I am obviously all over the freaking place. These are books I've been "currently reading"--the first two for quite some time now [as usual with collections], and the latter two are things I just started last night. Heh. I take what I can from books. Brodkey and Davis, in particular, are to be read partly [...]

marginalia || My Mistress’s Sparrow is Dead: Great Love Stories from Chekhov to Munro, edited by Jeffrey Eugenides

I remember saving up for My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead: Great Love Stories from Chekhov to Munro, tried the whole a-few-coins-a-day route.  I even prayed to Santa, I begged friends. I rarely buy books brand-new--I'm technically, well, poor. But then, in the middle of last year, a story of mine had won an award. As [...]

marginalia || “First Love and Other Sorrows,” by Harold Brodkey

Short Story Spotlight is a segment which features the short story. Because sometimes, we don’t need 60,000 ++ words to tell us about the meaning of life and all that jazz. Besides, it'll help me wade through the short story collections crowding by "Currently Reading" pile, harhar. /lolhiddenagenda The short story "First Love and Other [...]