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Quarantine Blog, Day Ninety-Four

I cracked open a New Yorker again,

we haven’t heard that name on the blog for a bit, I know.

It was the June 8 & 15, 2020 issue.

“The Fiction Issue” they called it.

Full of fiction stories, by writers that you know, and should know.

Immediately, I was taken by a piece from Haruki Murakami – the author who wrote Kafka On The Shore – “Confessions of a Shinagawa Monkey.”

About an English speaking monkey who steals women’s names after he falls in love with them.

But that’s not what I really wanted to go off about.

More specifically, I wanted to write about Bryan Washington. The author of the short story ” You Miss It When It’s Gone.”

The story of his time spent in gay bars, pre-COVID, after coming out.

By the time I’d finished reading it, it was obvious that there was more of his work that had to find its way to me.

So we picked up a copy of “Lot,” a collection of short stories about coming of age, having a black mother and a Latino father, all while growing up in the city of Huston and dealing with his sexuality.

I’m two stories in so far, and I’m already in love.

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Micah Mabey

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