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Is Anyone Else SHOCKED by Ben Marcus’s Traditional Short Story in The New Yorker???


I always think of him as the King of experimental form—and from some interviews in the past, thought he had a serious attitude about it. This short story brings to mind people finding Jesus later in life or something—that’s how radically different it is from what I know of his oeuvre. Here’s a link to an interview about his New Yorker story. Regardless, I loved the story; it was hilarious, brilliantly so. Mean and funny. Good stuff. Before this story, I found his work impenetrable.

Paula Bomer is the author of Inside Madeleine, Nine Months, and Baby and Other Stories. She lives in New York City.

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