Sunday, May 26, 2013

On "Your Response Should Be in the Form of a Question" by Alex Luft (3818 words) *****

Here's a story that is fairly up front about what it is: a story. Or not. It also claims that it won't do a lot of things that a story does, which lends credence to the idea that it's not really a story. It's a story about a story. It's enough of a metafiction piece to get under a reader's nerves and certainly to keep readers distant from the characters themselves in what would usually be a daunting situation (a couple working on a baby, the husband having just lost on Jeopardy!, their only means to pay for the technology needed to make a baby possible). But Luft's piece is as much about the plot itself as it is about the way that we read stories and what we expect or don't, and in that comes its wonderful twist. Read the story here at the Adirondack Review.

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