Short Stories 366:222 — “Difficult at Parties,” by Carmen Maria Machado

Oh wow, this story. Before I start, I just want to be one hundred precent clear that if you've not already picked up a copy of Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, you should grab a copy. I'll wait. Okay? Good. "Difficult at Parties" is the final story in the collection, and … Continue reading Short Stories 366:222 — “Difficult at Parties,” by Carmen Maria Machado

Short Stories 366:215 — “The Resident,” by Carmen Maria Machado

I'm not sure I've ever read a story as grounded in identity and self-reflection as I have as "The Resident," in Carmen Maria Machado's amazing collection Her Body and Other Parties. This is a very discomforting story, with—as is often the case with these stories—a simple narrative set-up: an author has won a place at … Continue reading Short Stories 366:215 — “The Resident,” by Carmen Maria Machado

Short Stories 366:208 — “Eight Bites,” by Carmen Maria Machado

The thing about reading short fiction all year that I love the most is how I get to find incredible stories like this one so often. Found in Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado's "Eight Bites" is one of those stories that grabbed me almost from the start, and didn't let to until … Continue reading Short Stories 366:208 — “Eight Bites,” by Carmen Maria Machado

Short Stories 366:201 — “Real Women Have Bodies,” by Carmen Maria Machado

I almost saved this one for October, because it's so freaking disturbing, but at the same time it was just so amazing I didn't want to wait to talk about it, so, "Real Women Have Bodies," by Carmen Maria Machado, from Her Body and Other Parties: A.K.A. "I Will Never Look at a Dress Shop … Continue reading Short Stories 366:201 — “Real Women Have Bodies,” by Carmen Maria Machado

Short Stories 366:176 — “Especially Heinous: 272 Views of Law & Order SVU,” by Carmen Maria Machado

Okay, before I start talking about this particular story from Her Body and Other Parties, I need to explain I've never watched Law & Order. I've never liked police procedurals to begin with, and so the spin-off, SVU, never got on my radar either. Basically, I walked into this story with that strike against me. … Continue reading Short Stories 366:176 — “Especially Heinous: 272 Views of Law & Order SVU,” by Carmen Maria Machado

Short Stories 366:169 — “Mothers,” by Carmen Maria Machado

Okay, so basically I have a new name to champion when someone asks me for an example of the crossover between "literary" fiction (smile!) and "genre" fiction (snort!) in that snooty way that always comes with the implicit understanding there's no answer because literary means good and genre means that nonsense like science fiction or … Continue reading Short Stories 366:169 — “Mothers,” by Carmen Maria Machado