Short story: “Popular Mechanics”

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“Popular Mechanics,” later retitled “Little Things,” by Raymond Carver, with considerable editing by Gordon Lish

Appeared in the collections What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981) and Where I’m Calling From: New and Selected Stories; found online here and here

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This is a slight story, in my opinion—a horrible little joke about selfish people destroying what they think they value most. You can analyze it as something more complicated and insightful than that, but isn’t it perfect the way it is?