Friday Reads: Lydia Davis in “Conjunctions”

Welcome to our new column “Friday Reads,” featuring stories of the archives of jmww. Kick back, grab a comfy chair, and start your weekend off with beautiful, provocative, startling, unforgettable reads!

This week’s reads come from Lydia Davis, whose “Five Stories” appeared in the Spring 1995 issue of Conjunctions.

Nearly every morning, a certain woman in our community comes running out of her house with her face white and her overcoat flapping wildly. She cries out, “Emergency, emergency,” and one of us runs to her and holds her until her fears are calmed. We know she is making it up; nothing has really happened to her.

-From “Fear”

To read all five stories, go here.

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