What kept me reading this four-page essay?
Topic. I’m taking a creative writing class in the fall and interested to read any considered take on what makes for a successful story.
Tim O’Brien. The Things They Carried affected my high school self, thanks to my well-adjusted nine-fingered Vietnam-vet teacher.
Tails. Kids with tails is cute and reminds me of girls with tails, a recurring topic of lunch-table conversation for about a month in high school.
Borges. A week ago I read The Aleph, the climax of which O’Brien quotes on page four.
How do you feel about this world?