“Deaf and Blind” by Lara Vapnyar, short story in April 24, 2017 The New Yorker. As usual, the blog Mookse and the Gripes has great comments with reader reactions to the story. I found it very readable though a little light. It is clever in the humor of the somewhat smart-alecky girl whose parents are divorced. She sees a lot, she misses a lot (for all her watching, when the special guest arrives she is in the bathroom, of course!). But the overwhelming emotion of the ending is nicely done.
Blogs I Follow
- Looking forward to reading some new Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
- “Novels are machines for falsely generating belief”… essay on fiction, by Zadie Smith in The New York Review of Books
- The Big Sleep, by Raymond Chandler
- Fiasco, by Thomas Ricks
- Adam and Allison Grant rewrite children’s books and much fiction: “Noble deed doers, you should first lecture the victims and help them help themselves more otherwise you are an enabler…”
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