Tag Archive: Robert Shapard

Lydia Davis

Conversation in Hotel Lounge Two women sit together on the sofa in the hotel lounge, bent over and deep in conversation.  I am walking through, on my way to my room. First woman, loudly and distinctly:  “I never had fun…
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Tania Hershman

The Most New Sport When there is a New Sport they find the players to fit: Elongated for basketball; sleek for swimming; flexibly jointed for golf. Put the elongated, the sleek and the flexibly jointed in a room, at an…
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Josip Novakovich

Wake Up My pet peeve, I told my writing class, is a story that starts with, I woke up and . . . Why not start later, in the middle of the morning, with the action? But after my class,…
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Pedro Ponce

The Library Shelves of Babel The Library’s closure went largely unremarked, apart from a segment or two on the nightly news. Our screens filled with colored bars charting the inevitable: Maintaining books was too expensive. The city budget had been…
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