‘On Being Alone at the End of the World’ By Liana DeMasi

“On Being Alone at the End of the World” is set in an apocalyptic world perhaps not too far away from our own. With elements of magical realism, the narrator experiences the end of times in their apartment, where women come knocking in order to experience closeness and intimacy as the world burns just outside the door. This short story explores ideas of death, fear, aging, solitude, and the transparency, intimacy, and honesty between strangers who have both everything and nothing to lose.

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