By Lydia Davis

In suggestive, clipped prose, the writer of the seriously acclaimed novel, the tip of the tale, provides a set of brief tales that captures the convolutions of human relationships and the bounds of the self."

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She asks. There’s no judgment in the question. She’s genuinely baffled. “I have TiVo in my bedroom,” I remind her. ” She nods, our friendship falling back into place. A person less obsessed with TiVo than I am might be offended, but Emilie and I understand each other. At least, we did. Before the prom season started in earnest, and Emilie decided that since it’s our senior year, we had to go. Apparently, eschewing traditional stuff like prom and basketball games is okay only to a point. ” She says she wants memories.

So I take a swig and hold it in my cheek. I press my lips to his and when his mouth opens under mine, I spit it all out. Yes, okay, that’s technically a kiss. Technically, I kissed Danny. But it worked. “Dude,” he says and stumbles to his feet. He looks like he just woke up out of a dream. I have no idea what to say to him. “The Latin Club is totally evil,” I blurt. ” I can understand why he’s confused. “We have to stop them,” I say, but they’re not even here anymore. They’ve already succeeded, taken photographic evidence, and gone home.

The walls are wainscoted in wood, and along the water-streaked boards, I see the outlines of where paintings once hung. I take another sip. The vodka no longer burns as it goes down. I feel like I’m drinking water. I loosen my tie and a kind of giddiness comes over me. It’s much cooler to be here than at the prom. I bet Danny forgot to get Daria a corsage and she’s already resenting him. I bet they’re taking stupid posed pictures in front of some kind of draped cloth and a vase full of red, red roses.

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