Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Read at Your Own Risk

Steven Millhauser's "The Next Thing" in the May issue of Harpers' is an outrageous and disorienting act of fiction. I've been discussing it w/ B all morning, but it won't be tamed. This is one that's going to continue to disturb me for a long time. Like Paul Bowles' "A Distant Episode" in that way, but worse because a little more relevant....

1 comment:

Rebecca said...

I cannot get enough of this story. I hope that when N and L go to junior high, it'll be in their great american literature class. or is it canadian? anyway, it's kind of addictive and compelling in an anxiety-producing way. kind of like your story, Young Frankenstein, which makes me cry whenever I read it.