McSweeney's Issue 18 Edited by Dave Eggers
Comments: I'm enjoying short stories more recently than I have in the past so I decided to try out a subscription to McSweeney's. It's pretty rare, at least for me, to like all the stories in a collection of various authors with widely different stories and styles, but it definitely exposes me to authors I might not read otherwise. Fave stories in this collection: "Bad Habits" by Joyce Carol Oates, and "New Boy" by Roddy Doyle.
First bit of "Bad Habits": "They came for us at school. They didn't explain why. In their faces was the warning Don't ask."
This bit from "Happiness Reminders" by Rachel Haley Himmelheber, did make me stop and ponder for a moment.
"Ever think about where things end up?" the receptionist asks. "Like a toy you lost in the second grade; if it's plastic or whatever, it hasn't melted away. It must be somewhere. You just don't know where."