Category Archives: story

The Roving Typist

Needing money, Christopher Hermelin took his Royal Typewriter to the park and wrote stories for anyone for a few dollars. Now it is an art project, a kind of performance piece. He keeps no record of the stories. Once he … Continue reading

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“A Strange Impulse” by Lydia Davis

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“A Story Can Change Your Life” by Peter Everwine

On the morning she became a young widow, my grandmother, startled by a sudden shadow, looked up from her work to see a hawk turn her prized rooster into a cloud of feathers. That same moment, halfway around the world … Continue reading

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“Fictional Characters” by Danusha Lameris

Do they ever want to escape? Climb out of the white pages and enter our world? Holden Caulfield slipping in the movie theater to catch the two o’clock Anna Karenina sitting in a diner, reading the paper as the waitress … Continue reading

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Self-portrait boxes

Each year I have my students create self-portrait boxes. The self-portrait boxes are a way for them to generate and symbolize important memories and stories in their lives. They were required to fulfill a few specific requests (for example, a symbol … Continue reading

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“The Outing” by Lydia Davis

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Narratives at the cafe

I was at a local cafe today to work on grading a few papers, writing the narrative reports for my students, and determining their final grades, all of which is due before 8am Monday morning. The idea was that there … Continue reading

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“A Little Fable” by Franz Kafka

“Alas,” said the mouse, “the whole world is growing smaller every day. At the beginning it was so big that I was afraid, I kept running and running, and I was glad when I saw walls far away to the … Continue reading

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Prometheus’ gift of fire

Last night we had some friends over for Shabbat dinner, friends we have had for a very long time. There were delicious hors d’oeuvres (red pepper hummus and apples), a roast chicken with all the vegetables (potatoes, carrots, onions, celery, … Continue reading

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How stories become

We have just begun To Kill a Mockingbird and for 30 minutes in my morning class today we shared stories about all the Boo Radleys in our lives, neighbors and their weirdnesses (real or perceived) with whom we were/are endlessly … Continue reading

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