A short story a day review

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“The Nose” by Nikolai Gogol

by kattomic

nikolai gogol“The Nose” by Nikolai Gogol


Story 361a/366

This story came up again and again in my search for short stories online. I’d read a lot of Chekov but the only thing I’d ever read of Gogol’s was his satirical Dead Souls, which was one of the works that eventually got him exiled from Russia and which I didn’t really get. This story, one of his most famous, is truly bizarre, opening with a man cutting open a bread roll and fing a nose. My favorite part of the story (which grew a bit tedious for me) was the repeated refrain, “And what happened after that is unknown to all men,” I fear Gogol’s work eludes me. You can read the story here. Let me know what you think.

See you tomorrow!

Navigatores, Mike Meginnis, BEST AMERICAN SHORTS 2012

by Patti Abbott

Terrific story about a man and his son whose lives have retreated to an existence almost entirely within a fantasy game they are playing.

Paramour, Jennifer Haigh, BEST SHORT STORIES OF 2012

by Patti Abbott

A woman is invited to a tribute for a man she had a strange relationship fifteen years earlier.

“The Blue Danube Waltz” by Nigel Bird

by kattomic

nigel bird 365“The Blue Danube Waltz” by Nigel Bird


Story 361/366

This story appears in Nigel’s latest collection, The Shadows of Death. It’s a Christmas story of another kind, one that will have you counting your blessings.

Merry Christmas and see you tomorrow!

What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, Nathan Englander, THE NEW YORKER

by Patti Abbott

#364-Two Jewish sisters and their husbands, one secular, the other Hassidic, spoke pot, and discuss life. The title refers to a Jewish topic of discussion about which goy would hide them if the holocaust happened again. Great stuff.

“Dancing Dan’s Christmas” by Damon Runyon

by kattomic

damon runyon 365“Dancing Dan’s Christmas” by Damon Runyon


Story 359h/366

Damon Runyon does Christmas Eve in a little speakeasy owned by Good-time Charley, drinking a few Tom and Jerrys. Classic Runyon. You can read the story here.

See you tomorrow!

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss

by kattomic

dr. seuss“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel)


Story 359g/366

I have friends who simply go nonlinear over the JJ Abrams reboot of Star Trek, claiming it’s not the original and it’s just not right. I make fun of him but I admit that when it comes to the Grinch, I feel the same way. There’s the book and there’s the original animated version with Boris Karloff reading it, and … that’s it. I like Ron Howard’s movies (Apollo 13 is in my top ten) but his version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas is not my vision. Every family should have a copy of the book, and if you haven’t seen the 1966 version of the animated holiday classic recently, check it out on YouTube. (I confess, I sing along.)

See you tomorrow!

Shirlley Temple Three, Thomas Pierce, THE NEW YORKER

by Patti Abbott

In the future, scientists can bring back extinct species and a wooly mammoth is ST-3. Despite good care from the game show (where this is present to the public) host’s Mom’s good care ST-languishes. Funny, sad and a bit believable.

The People of Penrowland House, Simon Brett, EQMM

by Patti Abbott

#362-A lone woman comes to the House for a brief escape. Ghost tale.

Return of the Tingler, Paul D. Brazill, SHOTGUN HONEY

by Patti Abbott

Oh boy I remember THE TINGLER. And Paul makes the most of it by showing its impact on one man’s life.