“A Greedy Friend” an anonymous story that appeared in
The Hartford Courant
approximately ten to twelve years ago.
Set in the Middle East in a Muslim culture, it is the story of two young men who had been friends until one steals the other’s money and a judge, a cadi, must decide whether to punish the alleged thief traditionally by chopping off his hands, or whether to be creative, and teach
the perpetrator and the victim a lesson.
Au, Wayne. and Bill Bigelow, and Stan Karp. Eds.
Rethinking Our Classrooms Vol. 1- Revised.
Milwaukee: Rethinking Schools Ltd., 2007.
This anthology contains the short story “Little Things are Big” by Jesús Colón on
page 113-115. Many years ago a black Puerto Rican in the New York subway, at midnight, struggled with whether to try to help a white woman with luggage and children off the train and up the stairs to the street, or whether, anticipating that she may be prejudice and scream if he comes near, he should leave her stranded there on the platform.
Jump and Other Stories
. New York: Farrar-Straus-Giroux, 1991.
This collection of stories contains “Once Upon a Time” pages 23-30. It is a story that presents itself as a fairy tale, but it takes place in South Africa during apartheid and turns into more a horror story than a fairy tale.
The Last Spin: and Other Stories
. London: Constable and Company, 1960.
This collection of stories contains “The Last Spin,” pages 143 - 153.
This is a story about gang loyalty and the tragic price one pays to be part of a gang.
Moss, Steve. Ed.
The World’s Shortest Stories
. Philadelphia: Running Press, 1995.
This collection of stories contains “Hide and Seek” by Douglas L. Haskins on page 121.
This fifty-five word story seems innocent enough, set around a game of hide and seek, but the protagonist, in his effort to find the most clever hiding place, shuts himself in an abandoned refrigerator.
Nussbaum, Martha. “The Narrative Imagination”
Cultivating Humanity: A Classical
Defense of Reform in Liberal Education. Cambridge: Harvard U P, 1997.