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2009 story 194

I was recently introduced to The New Yorker's monthly Fiction podcast.  The host of the half-hour-or-so podcast asks a well-known author to choose from the magazine's archives a short story (written by someone else) for the guest to read.  After the guest is done reading, they discuss why the guest chose that story, why it resonates with them, and talk of theme and word-choice and such authorly concerns.  The podcast is free through itunes.  This month's story was

194.  Adams, written by George Saunders,  read by Joshua Ferris.  Originally published in The New Yorker in August of 2004.  It's a definitely disturbing story.  A man comes home to find his neighbor standing in his living room, staring at the man's children's bedrooms.  And the neighbor is dressed only in his underwear.  This begins a cycle of violence draped in terms like "self-defense," and "pro-active defense" and such.  Definitely an allegory towards the War in Iran.  Not easy to read, or listen to, at all.

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