Short Story Saturday

To truly be a “reader”, you have to read every genre. One genre that is often overlooked is the short story. I am going to take the next few weeks to focus on this wonderful genre.

Today, I spotlight one of the most memorable short stories I have read in my 52 years: “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson.

lotteryPublished in The New Yorker magazine in 1948, it is known as one of the most famous short stories in the history of American Literature. The nature of the story lulls the reader into a false sense of a pleasing and satisfying ending. With quite a twist ending, many subscribers to the magazine cancelled their subscriptions.

It has since been adapted for all sorts of media, including radio, television, and film.

If you have not read this wonderful piece of literature, or haven’t read it lately, I encourage you to do so. It is just as relevant now, perhaps even more so, as it was decades ago.

1 thought on “Short Story Saturday”

  1. I’m so glad you posted this story. I loved it, especially for how it shines a light on the unsavory human capacity to rationalize away cognitive dissonance. I had an inkling of dread when the boys started stacking stones in the beginning, and this feeling only continued to grow. I blame this sensitivity to burgeoning horror on 4th grade exposure to Poe’s greatest hits (trans: scarred for life). Congrats on your new website!

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