This summer, the American writer Stuart Dybek published two collections of short stories, Paper Lantern: Love Stories and Ecstatic Cahoots, which features 50 very short stories, some only two lines long. Reviewing these books in the Atlantic, Nathaniel Rich wrote, “Dybek’s stories remind us that everything we know, and everything we love, is constantly vanishing, slipping through our fingers. Dybek, with the anxiety of an anthropologist, seems determined not to let this happen.”
Discussing the story below, Dybek says: “‘You,’ the child who narrates…
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