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City Solipsism (a Short Story)

City Solipsism (a Short Story)

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by Zack Love
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?

“City Solipsism” will take you on a journey into the mind of a man in a


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?

“City Solipsism” will take you on a journey into the mind of a man in a suit and tie on a New York City subway car, as he thinks about the woman standing awkwardly close to him...They are total strangers but their proximity is almost intimate, as their hands share the same metal subway pole...

NOTE: You can get this work, along with six others, in ”Stories and Scripts: an Anthology" for far less. The cost of buying all of the stories individually amounts to about twice the price of the anthology. As an added bonus, the collection also includes three works that aren't available separately.

Editorial Reviews

Goodreads and Amazon - Anna- Maria Butucescu
[Zack Love is a] 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 words and his ability to concentrate so much thought and emotion in less than twenty pages. This story has affected me to the core and left me wondering...Thank you, Zack Love for reminding me why I started reading in the first place! 5 very bright stars from me!
Hook Me Up Book Blog - Nadine Colling
Even though it’s a very short story, the quality of what is actually written [in City Solipsism] is higher than in most novellas or books I’ve read recently...Zack convinced me with [this story] that he's a talented writer and...has a colorful way with words that leaves no questions/doubts when reading his [work]. All this made it an easy, fast-paced, and enjoyable read without any awkward phrases or out of place wording. So...what he delivered to his readers/me deserves 5 stars.
Goodreads and Amazon - KM Golland (author)
Solipsism...is the..idea that what fills one’s mind is all that exists and, what is outside of your mind’s function, is deemed unknown. [Thus] Mr. Love’s title is BRILLIANT And, as you read the final line of this amazing short story, you too, will realise why...City Solipsism is not a reflection of Sex in the Title. Yes, it has glimpses of Zack’s humorous writing style, but the extended use of language and overall plot is dissimilar [showing] just how diverse and talented a writer Zack Love is.
Penny For My Thoughts Book Blog - Lisa Karafa
[Ever] wanted to climb in someone else’s head and find out what they are thinking? [This story] provides a male POV of just such an encounter. It's 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...his mind to wander in...many...directions. The reader [enjoys] a voyeuristic perspective of how he believes & wishes the situation to play out...The perfect lunchtime read.

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Meet the Author

Zack Love graduated from Harvard College, where his studies focused mostly on literature, psychology, philosophy, and film. After college, Zack moved to New York City where he held a variety of corporate jobs while enjoying tech ventures, creative writing, NY Nightlife, and anything else that could provide a good getaway from the Manhattan work grind.

One of Zack's favorite escapes is exploring foreign places and cultures; Zack has traveled to about 60 countries for business and/or pleasure. He has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, and Latin America, and speaks Spanish, French, and German (and has been known to fake Italian and Portuguese in order to flirt or get directions).

In 2013, Zack decided to publish his first of several unpublished works: “Sex in the Title - a Comedy about Dating, Sex, and Romance in NYC (back when phones weren't so smart).” After publishing Sex in the Title, Zack developed the SQ Calculator ( a web and Facebook application that uses “crowd-sourcing” to measure how sexy someone is. Zack is now a full-time writer and focused on releasing the rest of his unpublished works, and maybe even authoring the unwritten stories that have been brewing in his brain for far too long.

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City Solipsism (a Short Story) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
LilyW More than 1 year ago
I often wonder what is going through peoples minds and so this short story amused me to no end! It was interesting seeing what conclusions another person's thought process would lead them to in this scenario and how much they would differ from mine. Having a small insight into a male's mind was very enlightening and very funny too! Being its a short story there isn't really much to comment on other than that it is well written, Zack is no doubt a talented writer and I can honestly say I would and have recommended his work to many readers and will continue to do so until they give in and one-click!!!
mathphilosopher More than 1 year ago
Zack Love’s “City Solipsism” is a quick and interesting read. Solipsism is the philosophical idea that the only thing that is known is that our mind exists, and I think the title is perfect for the piece. If you’ve ever people watched, this story will ring true for you. We never truly know what others are really thinking and what other people’s experiences are. 
NerdAlertBL More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for Nerd Alert Book Love This story is incredibly well written. I found it quite intriguing to be taken through a man's thoughts about another passenger as he travels the subway to work one morning. To say the ending surprised me would be an understatement. I think I may have given quite the unladylike snort. Well done Zack!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Riding a NYC subway will never be the same! Beautifully written, City Solipsism allows the reader to 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. Oh and the ending? Won't spoil it for you but if you've read "Sex In The Title" by Zack, then you will know that it is DEFINITELY Zack Love...True To Form!