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City Solipsism: A Short Story

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Have you ever been on a train, bus, metro/subway -- or any other shared space with strangers -- and started to wonder what that person right next to you is thinking? Did you ever start to think or hope that maybe your temporary neighbor was somehow sharing your thoughts and/or desires? Ever sensed some sort of romantic connection or sexual tension and wished you could get ...more
Kindle Edition, 23 pages
Published January 18th 2014 by SQ Publishing
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Anna- Maria Butucescu
Jan 24, 2014 Anna- Maria Butucescu rated it it was amazing
Hats off to Zack Love!!!

We all know and love the author of Sex in the Title, right?! Riiiight?! Well, his newly released short story, "City Solipsism", reveals a very different side to him. Zack Love is no longer his charming, good- natured, playful and absolutely hilarious self, but this deeply reflective, brooding, acutely insightful and emotionally astute writer concerned with the complexity of human psychology and philosophical aspects of life.I'm genuinely impressed by his artistry with wor
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Nadine Hook Me Up Book Blog
Jan 23, 2014 Nadine Hook Me Up Book Blog rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fun-stuff
5 Surprising Stars

Have you ever wondered what men think when staring at you in a subway? Ever wondered if he might have the same thoughts as you?

Or were you already thinking, while sitting/standing in a cramped subway next to handsome stranger, “I wonder if [he] thinks I’ve been looking at [him] too much, or if [he’s] even noticed me looking at [him].” … or maybe: “What are the odds that [he’ll] actually get off at my stop?”

Did these thoughts ever cross your mind? Wishing he was heading in your
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K.M. Golland
Jan 26, 2014 K.M. Golland rated it it was amazing
THOUGHT PROVOKINGLY CLEVER. 5+ STARS

What is Solipsism you may ask? To be honest, I’m not 100% sure, but if I was going to take a stab at explaining what I do vaguely know, I would say it is the notion or idea that what fills one’s mind is all that exists and, what is outside of your mind’s function, is deemed unknown.
That being the case, I can say—once again—that Mr. Love’s title is BRILLIANT And, as you read the final line of this amazing short story, you too, will realise why.

Before I continue
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Kaylene Osborn
Jan 23, 2014 Kaylene Osborn rated it it was amazing
Another great story from Zack Love, five full bright shiny gold stars ...

City Solipsism : A Short Story is written from a man’s POV and what a wonderful perspective it is. Riding the subway thoughts are being pondered regarding a chance meeting with “Florence” who he meets on his commute to work. He ponders previous experiences and future possibilities and puts a humorous spin on them.
This very short story (too short if you ask me) was a wonderful read. I enjoyed the 20 pages of Zack Love’s wr
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Lisa
Jan 26, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I have similar encounter's riding to and from work every day on the bus but i've never really stopped to think the situation through all that much as i usually have my face in a book. After reading this short story I will be looking at it from a different perspective from now on.
Delving into this guys mind was very intriguing, weird and wonderful all at the same time. Having thoughts and mini dreams about another person when you've not uttered a single word to them, surely we can all empathise
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Diane
Jan 23, 2014 Diane rated it it was amazing
Usually a quickie does not satisfy me but Zack Love doesn't do an ordinary quickie. No, he more than satisfied me with this one. AND he did it without SEX. That's right, Zack can bring satisfaction without even using SEX. That is skill. We encounter a man on a subway who meets a woman. Now, I will admit I think men are shallow minded creatures and was expecting to hear how he was thinking about her chest size or what type of underwear she wore, but Zack through a curve ball at me. So ride along ...more
Magic Within the Pages
Jan 28, 2014 Magic Within the Pages rated it it was amazing
Reviewer : Kaylene - Magic Within The Pages
Rating : 5 Stars

City Solipsism : A Short Story is written from a man’s POV and what a wonderful perspective it is. Riding the subway thoughts are being pondered regarding a chance meeting with “Florence” who he meets on his commute to work. He ponders previous experiences and future possibilities and puts a humorous spin on them.

This very short story (too short if you ask me) was a wonderful read. I enjoyed the 20 pages of Zack Love’s writing. Zack’s s
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Aussie-Lisa Sleiman
Jan 26, 2014 Aussie-Lisa Sleiman rated it it was amazing
The thing I truly love about Zack Love's writing (Sex in the Title is a MUST READ!) is that he writes with a respect to the reader.
There is no dulling down stories, writing ridiculous fiction that will never happen.. it's smart, emotive, honest and descriptive putting you there in the moment with the his characters.
What I felt spoke to me with this short story is the authentic human behaviour that is experienced every day but rarely expressed.
The last few lines reflect his witty style of writing
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Dana
Jan 22, 2014 Dana rated it it was amazing
I recently came across a short story from author Zack Love. The story was simple and eloquent. How many of us ponder the thoughts of another during a random encounter? We all have asked the questions - should I or shouldn't I put myself out there? A passing glance, a gently brush of hands only to find yourself daydreaming of your future together. This tale puts all those fears and inquires into a delightful tale while you ask yourself - will he have the courage to talk to her or just let the mom ...more
Eileen Robinson
Jan 22, 2014 Eileen Robinson rated it it was amazing
well i have a few things to say about this short story !! If you travel by train or subways frequently i doubt you will ever look around you again in the same light, and if you don't travel by train or subway then still read it, for an inside look at the travellers, their hopes and expectations of the journey !!
Guy see's attractive woman and ponders and muse's about life and maybe just maybe gettin it on with her and who knows what else?? Marriage? kids?
This one has a little sting in the tail!!!
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Jennifer Pou
Jan 24, 2014 Jennifer Pou rated it it was amazing
I can totally releate to it Funny I know, but think about this, have you ever daydream? Picture ever loving scenarios, married, kids the hole nine yards with that sexy guy just standing in from of you in the train? City Solipsism gives you a bliss to it but with a men POV!! And in the end you'll LMAO ;) Love it!!
Colleen Farrell
Jan 25, 2014 Colleen Farrell rated it it was amazing
Its onlt 17 pagess but I really enjoyed it, a nice quick read,not Zack's usual style but I thoroughlt enjoyed this one and the ending was great
Hayley Thinnesen ✩
Jan 27, 2014 Hayley Thinnesen ✩ rated it it was amazing
I have to say it's refreshing to know that men are apprehensive about speaking to women they have just met. In today's literary fiction it's all too much 'alpha male' this and 'dominate' that, which gives a very false glance into the often female interpreted male psyche. That's not to say I don't enjoy reading that stuff! If it's hot, bring it on!! But yes I enjoyed this honest short story. It's just a shame things didn't progress for him, after all I'm a hopeless romantic and I would've enjoyed ...more
Anita Viccica - Toss
I really enjoyed this short story by Zack Love! City Solipsism is written in a guy's POV and in it, we get a glimpse into the mind of a man, Jack, who is taking his normal, boring commute into his NYC job. Boring until he spots an attractive woman who just so happens to board the same subway car as Jack and shares the same metal pole with him. Intrigued by this beauty, Jack shares with us his thoughts, memories, hope and desires,all invoked by this mysterious, beautiful stranger, and the ending? ...more
Crystal Solis
Jan 22, 2014 Crystal Solis rated it it was amazing
This was a sweet story told by Jack about his short encounter with Florence one morning on the commute to work. You get to see the pictures running though his mind as he reminisces about past experiences, all the while traveling on the train to work. The best part is that Zack Love puts a humorous spin on the story that only he can deliver and we love him for it!
N.M. Silber
Dec 02, 2014 N.M. Silber rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary-lit
This engaging story takes the reader on a journey that spans more than the New York subway ride that provides the setting and context. One is treated to other train rides through the past, the sights of Italian market places, and magical feeling of young romance. The introspective protagonist contemplates the beauty of a fellow subway traveler against the backdrop of his present urban corporate existence and chooses to embrace possibility. Anticipation grows as one wonders whether the beautiful ...more
Angela Wallace
Apr 05, 2014 Angela Wallace rated it it was amazing
City Solipsism takes you on a meandering, thought provoking journey. I was swept along, at a lazy summer pace, I felt the breeze, heard the train gently moving along. I was there alongside the character the whole time, as I looked into his mind and shared in his insights... I have a secret confession... I actually felt like a voyeur, and I don't care! I'm not going to feel bad about it! Yes, I'm a voyeur & I couldn't wait to find out more!

The story explores the idea of serendipity, which jus
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Sarah-Jane
Apr 14, 2014 Sarah-Jane rated it it was amazing
Have you ever sat wondering what people think of you? Ever wondered if someone knows when your watching them? Thinking about them? Every wondered if someone thinks your watching them too much or wondered if he could be your future?

Having not read any of Zack's book I can't judge on his writing style but this book had great reading style! Makes me want to read lots more of his books. The book is only a short story of 23 pages 5K words, but its great if you only have a spare hour and don't want to
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Sarah
Jan 23, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
This was completely different to Zack's last book, not only was it a lot shorter but also the humour wasn't there that was in his previous book. This was only 17 pages long, so didn't take long to get through at all. It is told from the man's POV about seeing a lady on the Subway and trying to get her attention, all the while wondering if she is thinking the same about him.

It was a good short story, was good to read something completely different from Zack, seeing a different side to his writin
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Beatriz from Cover to Cover Book Blog
What a fantastic short read. Love Zack's writing style and the way he describes everything. It makes you feel like you are living this experiences with the character. And that was such a good ending, I did not see it coming, but it was perfect!!
Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
Jan 25, 2014 Ruby Tombstone [With A Vengeance] marked it as will-never-read
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Rich Meyer
Feb 08, 2014 Rich Meyer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
I'll have to say that this was a very pleasant surprise. This is GOOD. I mean really good. I'd have to lump this into that ambiguous "literary fiction" genre, so it would get the proper critical attention it deserves.

The warnings for other readers: The sentences are long. Not quite Joycian, but you will wonder where you will take a breath sometimes. The words are varied and do not talk down to a reader (i.e., some of you with a less-refined vocabulary will probably be using your e-reader's dict
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Breanna Eichhorn
Jun 04, 2014 Breanna Eichhorn rated it it was amazing

This book is about Jack and an unknown woman on the subway. He see's a woman in her early twenties who features hail from Italy or Spain. He isn't sure because its been 6 years since he played his guitar for coins across Europe. She has chestnut eyes a simple but graceful face unpainted by Madison Avenue, straight black hair parted down the middle suggest a minimalist. He decides to call her Florence. This book is a standalone and is a short story.
Jack to me seems like a straight a narrow kin
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Roberta Pearce
Feb 05, 2014 Roberta Pearce rated it it was amazing
Smart. Full stop.

There was a moment of eye rolling - first paragraph - before I remembered the title. Who thinks such convoluted phrasing to oneself [the quotes around the narrator's thoughts make it a verbatim recounting]without preamble? A self-absorbed ass, that's who! Perfect.

As he layers so much detail on his dissertation of trains and timing, I wondered if he was bored from circumstance, or responsible for it? Is his recounting of European travels evidence that his world is newly small, o
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Ker Dukey
Jan 28, 2014 Ker Dukey rated it it was amazing
This was a beautiful written short story. I was transported to all the places he described and felt relaxed and invested in the story and actions of the main character Jack. This short story shows the diversity of the author, it’s completely different to his debut “Sex In The Title” but still holds the quality and high standard he sets himself when producing work for his ever growing audience. We are inside the mind of Jack a New Yorker boarding the subway and noticing a beautiful women, from th ...more
Janet
Jan 31, 2014 Janet rated it it was amazing
"REMARKABLE, MEMORABLE, ONE OF A KIND"

There is this guy named Zack,
Writes with talent, he has a knack.

He has a new story and I will review,
I applaud it and I'm sure you will too!

Sitting on a train - the world goes by,
This is my routine - why?

Youth is exploration,
Grown-up is repetition.

I look up and eyes connect,
Does she feel the same effect?

We stand close in the car,
I wonder where she goes, is it far?

My heart is beating - should I speak?
Will she acknowledge me or freak?

Sitting on a train - time
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Lisa Karafa
Apr 05, 2014 Lisa Karafa rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wanted to climb in someone else’s head and find out what they are thinking? Been in a situation where a random meeting provided so many fantastical possibilities if only one person would strike up a conversation? City Solipsism provides a male point of view of just such an encounter. It is a complete internal dialog of one man’s morning commute to the office as he finds himself in close proximity to another commuter. The body language of the other commuter causes the man to let his ...more
Julie Jaret
Mar 31, 2014 Julie Jaret rated it it was amazing
Having already read Zack Love’s “The Doorman,” the excellent writing in “City Solipsism” was no surprise.

What *was* a surprise was how interesting and entertaining it could be to hang out in a man’s mind during his morning commute. Like Tom Hanks in “Castaway,” Mr. Love’s narrator/protagonist, Jack is so compelling, there’s no need for interaction with other characters to keep things moving. The brilliance of Mr. Love's writing is that Jack's near-total lack of human interaction isn’t a lack at
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Nicole
Feb 10, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing
While I was reading this, I was getting in my head this big romantic meeting between two strangers. The type that ends with this great big happily ever after. You know what I'm talking about?

Throughout this entire book we're in the head of the main character as he is riding the subway with this woman. It bounces around from his trip across Europe to how he wants to talk to this beauty who is standing in front of him.

When they start "stalking" each other after getting off, it gets interesting.

Bu
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Abbie
Mar 28, 2014 Abbie rated it it was amazing
I was given a complimentary copy of this short story in exchange for an honest review. OH MY GOSH the end of this book left me in tears. Not sad tears but tears of laughter. It was hilarious. Completely not where I was expecting things to go! This book allows us to crawl through a man's mind while having an interaction with a female, or at least considering one. Zack Love is an amazingly talented writer. This was a very short story but I honestly didn't want it to end!
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Zack Love graduated from Harvard College, where he studied mostly literature, psychology, philosophy, and film. After college, he moved to New York City and took a corporate consulting job that had absolutely nothing to do with his studies. The attacks of September 11, 2001
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“Anyway, I think Florence and I noticed each other before the local train screeched to a halt at the 110th Street station, because as I boarded it felt as though we were supposed to step into the same car, and hold onto the same moist metal bar. My wishful hunch now seems confirmed by the way she's reading her Time magazine article next to me.” 9 likes
“Youth is marked by a breathtaking novelty that diminishes with each year of age - until life becomes a delusive struggle to break routines, escape the ordinary, and rediscover the joy of discovery.” 5 likes
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