Ziggurat

Not a book but a short story in the latest issue of the New Yorker.

I usually like the fiction pieces in the NY but this particular story, in its surrealism, seemed to tell me a truth I already knew but had forgotten. I immediately sat down to google Stephen O’Connor (the author) to find out more. He sounds like a compelling person.

The religious nature of the story continues a recent trend in NY fiction. Last week’s story was also very compelling, a kind of Flannery O’Connor-esque morality tale. O’Connor. There’s another trend. I expect next week’s fiction piece to have an O’Connor connection as well.

Speaking of New Yorker threads, has anyone else noticed the subtle vocabulary threads in each issue, where a single uncommon word might appear in multiple pieces in the issue? The editors must enjoy finding those connections in their submissions.

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