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McCracken, “The Bar of Our Recent Unhappiness”   For this story I tried to look for the unspoken “story.” What is this story really about? The story is about how the narrator feels about his wife before and after her accident. It is very sad, and it pulled my heartstrings. I know how this person […]

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The phrase that is the title of Elizabeth McCracken’s story, “Some have entertained angels, unaware”, sounds grand and promising. By the time the dad says it on page 52, it sounds like an excuse. After not having seen his children for years, after leaving them in a house full of drifters, he tells them that […]

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I felt like Vaughn did a fantastic job of writing both with a simplistic approach to story-line and plot and also a flair for the unusual and a good sense of humor. Beyond developing a plot for my stories, I always find it very difficult to decide the path that my characters will take in order to […]

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Storytelling

Everyone wants a good story out of life. Part of us wants to be remembered after death, recognized for living. I think that in “We’re on TV in the Universe,” this is the narrator’s driving motivation/desire. She’s wearing an outfit that sings and has a chicken in her front seat. Her whole goal of this […]

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Elizabeth McCracken’s “Some Have Entertained Angels, Unaware” is the story of a girl who has dealt with the loss of her mother, abandonment by her father, and living in a house full of strangers. We can infer that her father, Pete, became very self-absorbed after the death of his wife, because he begins drinking heavily […]

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Ink

But look at me undressed, see how he got better over the years: his patriotic stage, his religious stage.  He liked greens and reds especially, and fine single-needle outlines, which he called “rare and elegant.”  I’ve got George Washington on one arm and Lincoln freeing the slaves on the other; I’ve got a garden planted […]

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Vaughn’s “Sweet Talk” I am not sure what to make of this story. If I have to guess the it would be the plot. I would say that the story is about a confused woman who is making a decision about whether or not her husband is having an affair, and the affects this has […]

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