Short Stories All the Time

My photo
... a few of my thoughts about 900, mostly contemporary, short stories.
Showing posts with label Nolan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nolan. Show all posts

24 March, 2010

Jonathan Nolan, "Memento Mori," and L. Michelle Damiani, "Pockets"

Read Jonathan Nolan's story, "Memento Mori," reprinted in Spring 2010 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story. The movie, Memento, by director Christopher Nolan was based on this short story by his brother. The story alternates between 1st person POV and an extremely close 3rd person POV. The present tense assists in the feeling of immediacy and urgency.

Also read, "Pockets," by L. Michelle Damiani, that I found on the Hook website as an award winner judged by John Grisham. Written in 3rd person POV, present tense. The backstory unfolds nicely as John, now an adult, attends auctions at storage units and returns the children's items to the manager so they can be returned. As the backstory unfolds, we find out that John, as a child, often lived in storage units with his alcoholic parents.