An Israelite man traveling with his concubine refuses to lodge in a foreign city, “that is not of the children of Israel”; He heads instead to the next Israelite town, where the locals attempt to rape him, and do in fact rape and slaughter his concubine. In retaliation, the people of Israel massacre the entire tribe of Benjamin, leaving only a handful of survivors so that there will not be “one tribe lacking in Israel”.
I handed back the book to him. “I hate dreams,” I said.
Rogue samurai saves peasant village.
“How will I recognize you?”
“That is of no importance.”
“How will you recognize me?”
“Because of the coin under your tongue.”
A woman feels all her objects are a heavy burden except for her copies of Joyce’s Ulysses. This, she realizes, is quite a decadent statement about the world.
A fisherman visits his younger brother in the city and feels uncomfortable waiting outside his office.
Boy meets girl.
The Livermore Centennial Bulb: burning continuously since 1901.
A police spy married an activist he met while undercover in the environmental protest movement and then went on to have children with her.
A world in which everyone unfailingly tells the truth; they don’t even know what fiction is. Every thought, however humiliating or harsh, tumbles out unvarnished.