A Woman, Thirty
A woman, thirty, does not want to leave her childhood home.
Why should I leave home? These are my parents. They love me. Why should I go marry some man who will argue and shout at me?
Still, the woman likes to undress in front of the window. She wishes some man would at least look at her.
The Bad Novel
This dull, difficult novel I have brought with me on my trip—I keep trying to read it. I have gone back to it so many times, each time dreading it and each time finding it no better than the last time, that by now it has become something of an old friend. My old friend the bad novel.
Now that I have been here for a little while, I can say with confidence that I have never been here before.
I Ask Mary About Her Friend, the Depressive, and His Vacation
One year, she says
“He’s away in the Badlands.”
The next year, she says
“He’s away in the Black Hills.”
Lydia Davis, Can’t and Won’t: Stories, Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Edition (April 8, 2014)