"Have you ever wanted something very badly and then gotten it? Then you know that winning is many things, but it is never the thing you thought it would be. Poor people who win the lottery do not become rich people. They become poor people who won the lottery."
— from Miranda July’s short story, “Birthmark”
"If you can still see how you could once have loved a person, you are still in love; an extinct love is always wholly incredible."
— Michael Chabon’s short story, “Ocean Avenue,” begins with this line, one I happen to think about on a daily basis.
"I think of the people on reality shows, on Dr. Phil and MTV. And I think maybe they aren’t bad people. They aren’t cartoons. They’re just children, most of them, kids who never got to grow up before life dropped something gruesome in their laps. I consider this, then I consider Lori and me, and I thank God for the small kindness of timing."
— From David James Poissant’s story, “Monkey See,” in the Spring 2013 Ploughshares.
Etgar Keret does it again.