Friday, August 22, 2008

On "Crowbar" by Joshua Capps (5809 words) *****

For all the mention of how many 9/11 stories there are, I haven't seen a lot of them, not in fiction, that is. Maybe editors are keeping them away from us. Maybe this is wise. I could see the subject easily being overdone. And I could easily see it being treated with too much sentimentality--today's soap opera classic. Joshua Capps's "Crowbar" definitely isn't sentimental. In fact, I think some people might even find it offensive, though Capps gets away with it because it's not Capps who's potentially offensive but the character at the heart of this story. But it's this character, this no-holds-barred selfish character who makes the story so readable, so interesting, so harsh, so sad. Read the story here at Storyglossia.

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