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Short Stories 365/96 | N.S. Beranek

“Two Tales” by Paul Lisicky from Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction (Cleis Press, 2009).

This isn’t a story with a traditional narrative arc; it’s more like a fraction of a memoir. Or fractions, actually, seeing as there are two of them. At the start of the first there’s action that will either capture your undivided attention or alert you to the fact that you’re dead. It feels like the start of a first person point of view story but ends up being more of an impression of a memorable event. The second one is even more experimental, turning inward on itself to examine the storytelling. There’s some very nice language throughout.