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Record Albums

Story by Sherrie Flick (Read author interview) September 29, 2009

art by Robinson Accola

There was the one boyfriend who took pride in not organizing his thousands of record albums. The others had systems—by type, by last name, chronological. But this one just said, “I know where every single one is.” He said, “I love pop music.” He said, “Little girls just fall in love with me.” He said, “I’m trying to give you love.” He said, “I’m worried about my sister.” He said, “I’ll never stop smoking.” He said, “Go ahead. Pick one, any one that you want to play.”

About the Author

Sherrie Flick is the author of the novel Reconsidering Happiness and two short story collections, Whiskey, Etc. and Thank Your Lucky Stars. Her stories have been performed for Selected Shorts and appear in Ploughshares, New World Writing, and wigleaf, as well as the anthologies Flash Fiction Forward, New Sudden Fiction, and New Micro. She served as series editor for The Best Small Fictions 2018 with guest editor Aimee Bender and is co-editor for Flash Fiction America, forthcoming from Norton in 2022.

About the Artist

Robinson Accola creates artwork for SmokeLong Quarterly as needed.

This story appeared in Issue Twenty-Six of SmokeLong Quarterly.
SmokeLong Quarterly Issue Twenty-Six
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