Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pet Milk

Okay, for starters I have to get it out. I have been drinking evaporated milk with my coffee for several years, I have attempted to get people into it, they say they will and never do, they always go back to their half and half, I hope this story inspires someone to give it a try if they are coffee drinkers (I recommend Santini brand, but I will definitely try Pet milk now)
With that out of the way, I loved this story. I thought that it was beautiful how Dybek allowed this story to follow a memory in what I think is a realistic way. He's drinking coffee with Pet Milk, it reminds him how his grandmother did it in the past, how he liked the way it looked, then it instantly took him to a restaurant where he used to get an alcoholic beverage that had the same swirl that coffee did with pet milk, and then we are instantly in a fun love story. At first read I had a hard time relating how his grandmother drinking evaporated milk with coffee had anything to do with him having goodbye sex with his girlfriend on a train, but then I realized that maybe it didn't have anything to do with it, it was just what triggered the memory. I thought this way of transitioning into the story was effective and inspired me to write a story on a memory triggering a memory that triggers more memories. That might only be interesting for myself, still I am inspired to try.

1 comment:

  1. I agree, i loved the organic flow, i thought it made it really easy to identify with the narrator and transitioned nicely into a more complex memory. i also just find it interesting how memories can trigger each other, even when the two memories are as dissonant as good-bye sex and your grandmother...


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