Headache bad. More Fool for Love on audiobook, since that was what kept me from tossing my cookies on the bus ride home.
"Two Tales," by Paul Lisicky
On my first read through, I said this:
Paul Lisicky brings "Two Tales" to the anthology. Lisicky's brevity packs a punch; I admit to having been lucky enough to hear Lisicky read this piece at Saints and Sinners last year, and these two pieces have a sort of counterpoint that reminded me why the "short" in "short story" isn't the part to focus on.
As an audiobook, these two tales take longer to enjoy, obviously, since reading aloud is slower than reading quietly to yourself. The performer also gave an interesting change of tone between the two tales, which really emphasized the counterpoint I'd noticed on my first read through, as well as distinguishing the first story - a kind of memoir - from the second story - an almost fairy tale - with the pacing of his reading voice. It's amazing how different things can sound aloud.