Alison Mead Richardson

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The Last Night of the World

One of twelve short stories the late science-fiction legend wrote for Esquire. And, weirdly, perhaps the most lasting.<p><i>Originally published in the February 1951 issue of Esquire</i><p><b>"What would you do</b> if you knew this was the last night of the world?"<p>"What would I do; you mean, seriously?"<p>"Yes, …

Alice Munro

My father was a fox farmer. That is, he raised silver foxes, in pens; and in the fall and early winter, when their fur was prime, he killed them and …

Adams

I never could stomach Adams and then one day he’s standing in my kitchen, in his underwear. Facing in the direction of my kids’ room! So I wonk him in the back of the head and down he goes. When he stands up, I wonk him again and down he goes. Then I roll him down the stairs into the early-spring …

Readings

The School <br>from <i><br>Sixty Stories</i> <br>by Donald Barthelme<p>Well, we had all these children out planting trees, see, because we figured that ... that was part of their education, to see how, you know, the root systems ... and also the sense of responsibility, taking care of things, being individually …

"The Story of an Hour"

Kate Chopin (1894)<p>Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news …

Real Food

Writer’s childhood dislike of garri, a Nigerian staple<p>I was nine years old, sitting stiffly at the dining table in my blue-and-white school uniform, and across from me sat my mother, who had come home from work at the university registry, elegant in her swishy skirt, smelling of Poison perfume and …