Short story: “Words, Recorded”

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“Words, Recorded,” by Aliya Whiteley

From Per Contra: An International Journal of the Arts, Literature, and Ideasissue 29, Fall 2013 (story here)

1,219 words

Sort of a parable about meaning and communication. Not really emotionally engaging—the characters are rather simple (parabolic?), and the ending veers into meta and nihilism—but interesting.

This is a neat picture of a dead relationship: “[S]he feels gratified that she has embarrassed him enough to make him look away.”