The first one should be easy. It is a science fiction story I think set in the fifties. I read it in an anthology awhile back. it concerns a person in an office setting who is listening to another office mate talk about his vacation. There is something odd about the way the vacation is described. The turning point of the story is that the hero looks at the pictures from the vacation. they are pictures of another world or something like it. That is all I remember.
The second one is hard. I recall reading it in an English Literature book from high school, between the grades eight to tenth. The time frame for my reading would be between 1969 to 1971. I think the book was published in the earlier sixties. It had the usual fiction and nonfiction works in it. Then there was a part after each stories about writing small essays for class.
The story from what I remember was about a new kid who comes to a small town or city. I think that this would have been a rare thing to happen in this story. The boy is in high school. The point of view is from another male student.
The new boy is considered strange by the narrator. This is because the boy wears an opera cape at times. He speaks in cryptic sentences that make sense later in the story when they are explained. The new boy comes out of a field at dusk at one point next some buildings in the down town area. I think that the setting for the town is in the Midwest.
That is all that I remember about the story. Every couple of years these small facts come back to haunt me. I would like to be able to read this story again. I would have to say the it was written in the fifties. Maybe for some high school magazine like Scholastic magazine but I do not know for sure.
Thanks in advance for any help.