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Salem

“He trimmed the photo to fit in the cellophane around a pack of cigarettes and I understand things with a rush: he placed her there so that every time his unit stopped and sat sweating and afraid by a jungle stream and he took out his cigarettes to smoke, she would be there to smile […]

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A couple of Americans

One thing that people do that really annoys me is make assumptions. Then they act on what they think is going on and sometimes offend people when it turns out they are mistaken. This is why I cannot watch soap operas – so much of the drama is generated this way, and I have trouble […]

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“Preparation”

I liked this story, but not as much as I liked “Crickets.” Like “Crickets,” “Preparation” seemed tidy and predictable. The narrator is always overshadowed by her friend, a girl who never knows of the narrator’s jealousy or feeling of inferiority. The beautiful friend gets the mutual love interest and seems happy to the last. After […]

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The Artificial Heart

I draped the towel over his bony shoulders and pulled the ends together across his chest, where I could feel his artificial heart thumping like a piston, impossible to stop, impossible to break. Bergman’s “The Artificial Heart” reveals the emotions associated with caring for your parents after their minds have failed to keep up with […]

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Relic

In Butler’s “Relic,” the narrator is a man who struggles to find an identity in a country that is foreign to, and cherished by him.  When reading, I found it difficult to relate to this man simply because of his inherent lack of emotion.  When he mentions his family being back in Vietnam is when […]

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Butler, “Relic”

Butler, “Relic” Butler has an uncanny way of speaking to the audience. It’s like he says “HEY PAY ATTENTION TO ME!” then he goes into his story, only to stop occasionally to ask the audience, “Are you still listening?” It is very strange how he does this without disrupting the flow of the story he […]

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“June”

In bed that night, I touched my hips where June’s hips had been.  I didn’t want to think about that afternoon, because every time I did, I wondered if Brian and Annette had been peering through the window, watching us.  Sometimes I thought: maybe they didn’t see.  Sometimes, I thought: thank God I didn’t take […]

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Robert Olen Butler’s “Love”

Robert Olen Butler’s “Love” begins with an abstract statement from the narrator and it is referred to throughout the story. We learn that the narrator was a spy for the American Air force and he “was once able to bring fire from heaven” down upon his wife’s lovers. Butler uses elements of a fairy tale […]

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Throughout Birds of a Lesser Paradise, Bergman uses animal motifs to mirror or convey some type of human experience . She seems to have a fascination with emotionally conflicted expecting mothers and women that haven’t had supportive husbands or lovers. These women are often on their own and are doing the best that they can […]

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New Rules

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