Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Kafka has some way with words that makes everything seem like a slow, surreal nightmare. This story, in simple, straightforward language, manages that feeling while still being somewhat comical. Gregor Samsa wakes one morning to find he's transformed into a giant insect-like creature who's smell and appearance so horrify his family that they can't bear …

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Starting at the action

I'm listening to Kafka's Metamorphosis, and the first sentence is him waking up as a giant insect. This is how stories should be told. So many other writers, amateur or not, would write however many thousands of words about the day before it happened--but why waste time getting there? Since the story is about him …

Ants

I always found ants interesting and enjoyed watching them and thinking about them... until they started exploring my house. Then i was squashing every one I spotted. How often do our opinions change based on how things affect us personally? Probably constantly. I still think ants are amazing of course, but I did not hesitate …