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“The Bloody Chamber” by Angela Carter

“The Bloody Chamber” by Angela Carter

FULL STORY First sentence: “I remember that night, I lay awake in the wagon-lit in a tender, delicious ecstasy of excitement, my burning cheek pressed against the impeccable linen of the pillow and the pounding of my heart mimicking that of the great pistons ceaselessly thrusting the train that bore me through the night, away … Continue reading

“You’re Ugly, Too”  by Lorrie Moore

“You’re Ugly, Too” by Lorrie Moore

First sentence: “You had to get out of them occasionally, those Illinois towns with the funny names: Paris, Oblong, Normal.” Humor: The trick to flying safe, Zoë always said, was never to buy a discount ticket and to tell yourself you had nothing to live for anyway, so that when the plane crashed it was no big deal. … Continue reading

“Pagan Night” by Kate Braverman

“Pagan Night” by Kate Braverman

Read the full story here. First sentence: “Sometimes they called it Forest or Sky.” Imagery: “Today, walking by the river, it occurred to Sunny that this landscape was different from any other she had known. It wasn’t the punched-awake, intoxicated glow of the tropics, seductive and inflamed. It didn’t tease you and make you want … Continue reading

“Found Objects” by Jennifer Egan

“Found Objects” by Jennifer Egan

Full story here, courtesy of The New Yorker First sentence: “It began the usual way, in the bathroom of the Lassimo Hotel.” Characterization: “He wore funky sweaters and let her call him Coz, but he was old-school inscrutable, to the point where Sasha couldn’t tell if he was gay or straight, if he’d written famous books or if … Continue reading