Saturday, March 9, 2019

Self-Storage Starts with the Heart, by Maria Romasco Moore

★★★☆☆ Average

(Slipstream) James can’t afford to have a commercial service store his crushing loneliness, but he studies the process and decides to try a do-it-yourself system. (5,969 words; Time: 19m)

"Self-Storage Starts with the Heart," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 106, published on .

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Review: 2019.166 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The real heart of the story is how James deals with his feelings of alienation and, in particular, his feelings for his former best friend. Removing his loneliness lets him explore building a business with Emil, but not until Christopher shows up to say hello does he actually have to confront his real feelings.

It’s fitting that his attempt to store those feelings away ends up overloading the circuit, ruining his business and dumping his loneliness back on him. But without his obsession with Christopher, it all feels more manageable now.

Con: Given how deep James’s obsession for Christopher was, I have great difficulty believing he didn’t know it was sexual.

If the emotion-storage business is this easy to set up, why does anyone charge that much for it?

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