Short Stories 366:177 — “Shepherd,” by Bryan Washington

The notion of a singular "coming out" is something I try to push back against whenever I see it happen, and I kept thinking about that while I was reading "Shepherd." Found in Bryan Washington's Lot: Stories, "Shepherd" is very much a story about a young man figuring out his own desires, and the ways … Continue reading Short Stories 366:177 — “Shepherd,” by Bryan Washington

Short Stories 366:170 — “610 North, 610 West,” by Bryan Washington

Throughout the tales in Lot: Stories, Bryan Washington circles back to a particular family, though the eyes of a mixed race son, and those particular tales take on the relationship between this son—the gay kid slowly realizing he's gay—and his family, usually throwing one person onto the main stage. It's an incredibly effective narrative progression, … Continue reading Short Stories 366:170 — “610 North, 610 West,” by Bryan Washington

Short Stories 366:163 — “Alief,” by Bryan Washington

Even though by this point I'd only gotten two stories along in my reading of Bryan Washington's Lot: Stories, I'd already decided one of the things Washington did so incredibly well was to frame a narrative event with incredible voice. There's a cadence and progression in "Alief" like there was in the first story that … Continue reading Short Stories 366:163 — “Alief,” by Bryan Washington