Thursday, August 11, 2011

Happiest Moment

One of my favorite short short stories:
 
“If you ask her what is a favorite story she has written, she will hesitate for a long time and then say it may be this story that she read in a book once: an English language teacher in China asked his Chinese student to say what was the happiest moment in his life. The student hesitated for a long time. At last he smiled with embarrassment and said that his wife had once gone to Beijing and eaten duck there, and she often told him about it, and he would have to say the happiest moment of his life was her trip, and the eating of the duck.”

"Happiest Moment" from Lydia Davis's Samuel Johnson is Indignant

I share this piece of fiction today in honor of Justin's birthday. Thank you, JH, for giving me my happiest moments--they are the ones that you share with me (except not usually when eating duck).


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