One of These Days, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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“Revenge is mine, saith the Lord”, but how many of us could resist the temptation, when the day of vengeance is upon our enemies? Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s short story – practically a literary haiku – exposits by withholding all the usual explanations. Who needs a backstory when the story itself tells us all we need to know…?

One of These Days, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (7:06)

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, by Ambrose Bierce

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Ambrose Bierce’s classic Civil War tale of terror and suspense contains a surprise twist that has often been imitated, but never surpassed.

Bierce himself served as a lieutenant of the Union Army in Alabama during the war, and saw action at the Battle of Corinth, which is mentioned in the narrative.

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, by Ambrose Bierce {24:43}