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Pets and Memories

The story “Dog Heaven” by Stephanie Vaughn is about a moment in a girl’s life when her family is stationed in Fort Niagara.  What I love about this story is the fact that there are so many elements to it.  The story is called dog heaven, so obviously the dog plays a role of importance, […]

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The Battle of Fallen Timbers

Stephanie Vaughn’s “The Battle of Fallen Timbers” paints death in an interestingly humorous light. The awkward voice of the narrator acts as a parallel to the universally, often uncomfortable concept that sometimes human beings have trouble accepting and adapting to morbid news, our reactions deeming more unconventional than expected. The narrator in this story, for […]

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Vaughn’s Other Women

Vaughn’s story “Other Woman” was extremely frustrating to me.  In the beginning it felt like a story about a complex relationship between two people. It was much more than that.  The complex relationship extended between four people in this story, and it was interesting to see the different dynamics of the relationships presented. First, the […]

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Snapshot post-mortem

For us, when we were in the company of family, Roofer’s had become untellable. The point of view in Stephanie Vaughn’s “The Battle of Fallen Timbers” slips somewhat from the traditional, limited structure of a first person narrator to look at the family as a whole, and at the grandmother (on page 146, the narrator […]

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“Kid MacArthur”

First-person stories are generally always written both from the point of view of a first-person narrator and are about the narrator. Stephanie Vaughn’s “Kid MacArthur” is told from the point of view of MacArthur’s sister as she stands in the shadow of his greatness throughout her childhood. Her father only had eyes for her brother […]

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Out of all of the stories that I have read in Vaughn’s book, “My Mother Breathing Light” is definitely my favorite so far.  What makes this story so compelling is the emphasis on specific words and their pragmatic and semantic meanings.  The story opens already introducing this concept, saying, “My mother cannot say the word […]

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“My Mother Breathing Light”

If this story had only been about the main character and her mother, then it wouldn’t have been nearly as effective, nor would it have felt as real. Vaughn bringing the whole family into the story adds so many more dimensions of emotion and of rich detail. This simple story of a young woman forced  to watch […]

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“My Mother Breathing Light”

While reading this story, I had a lot of difficulty with the concept of time. I could clearly make out the present that frames the story but only because it was in present tense. However, there were so many backstories and moments of reflection to the past that I became easily confused and had trouble […]

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“We’re on TV in the Universe”

Overall, Vaughn’s story, “We’re on TV in the Universe” struck me as mildly humorous and slightly unconventional. I personally like her decision to use the chicken as a motif throughout the story, resonating with the decisions of other authors as well, such as Bergman’s “Birds of a Lesser Paradise,” both authors contributing to the universal […]

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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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