All Reviewed Short Stories
91Borderland 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.
90With the Beatles by Haruki Murakami
Memories shift and change over time. Our relationships are defined by the sensations that stick out from all the others – the fluttering of our hearts for the first time, the music that plays on the radio. As old age comes for all of us, how will we remember our past?
84Sinners 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.
82Playing 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.
81The 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.
80The Lost Performance of the High Priestess of the Temple of Horror by Carmen Maria Machado
In the dark and dismal streets of pre-war Paris, France, a young girl loses her mother to illness. She joins the crew at a local theater that is known for its staged violence, fake blood, and unhinged main actress. The girl has nowhere else to turn.
79Only 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.
78Uncle 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.
77Natural Light by Kathleen Alcott
Casually walking through a museum in New York City, a woman sees a lewd photograph of her mother who had passed away years before. She can't believe it. Her mother was a run-of-the mill sort of person, not what is on display in the photograph. She contacts her father looking for answers and attempts to cope with her mother's identity.
75The 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.
73She 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.
65Bringing 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.