The Inquiring Reader
Discussing interesting writing and ideas

All Reviewed Short Stories

Unit of measurement: elephants per square pasta (we do the best we can).

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    Borderland by Olga Tokarczuk

    Borderland is somber story about a writer in a post-apocalyptic world who is trying to make sense of the collapsing world around him.

  • 84

    Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Joyce Carol Oates

    Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God looks at what is important to us when faced with uncertainty and destruction. It is a vivid story of environmental collapse in the near future, filled with despair, anxiety, beauty, and relief.

  • 82

    Playing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain by Jamil Jan Kochai

    In Playing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Jamil Jan Kochai questions the morality of war-based video games. These games don’t represent some idealism of the past, they represent a deep-rooted, neo-imperialistic ideology under which young Americans are being indoctrinated.

  • 81

    The Trip by Weike Wang

    A playful, yet deeply emotional reflection on intercultural relationships. A man follows his wife to China to meet her extended family and watches as she forms her identity and immerses herself in her native culture – all the while growing further and futher apart from one another.

  • 79

    Only Orange by Camille Bordas

    Family relationships are difficult. In Only Orange, Camille Bordas explores the inner workings of family through the perspective of a deeply cynical woman in her mid-thirties, struggling with a slew of personal and interpersonal issues while on vacation with her family in southern Spain.

  • 78

    Uncle Jim Called by David Rabe

    Uncle Jim Called is a retrospection for those who have regrets over lost loved ones and a warning for those who will inevitably understand these feeling one day.

  • 75

    The Little King by Salman Rushdie

    The Little King is an ironic, comical, and disheartening story of two cousins associated with the current Opioid epidemic. It explores greed, corruption, and the justification that some people feel while committing questionable acts for personal profit.

  • 73

    She Said He Said by Hanif Kureishi

    She Said He Said is a short, compact reflection on relationships that are soured by an unwelcome attempt at seduction. Kureishi's writing is brisk and to-the-point, focused entirely on providing the reader with only the essential details.

  • 65

    Bringing Down the Sky by Alan Bao

    Bringing Down the Sky is a reminder that without action, the more prosperous will take advantage of underrepresented groups due to the fundamental structure of society.