Short Stories All the Time

Feb 8, 2013

Mary Gaitskill, "The Other Place"

"The Other Place" is told in 1st person point-of-view. The story is about the potential for evil in people. The narrator / father recalls his experiences as a young man when he had very dark thoughts; he wanted to hurt women. The story moves back and forth in time in many space separated scenes.

The story was first published in The New Yorker and subsequently selected for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories, 2012. 

Wikipedia page about Mary Gaitskill
Mary Gaitskill's web page