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Monday, May 4, 2009

Trouble at The New Yorker Fiction Department?

Do we need to call in a swat team to The New Yorker fiction department to free the poor new editor there who has been forced at raygunpoint to publish two (I think) speculative fiction stories this year? Here's the current one, "The Slows," by Gail Hareven, translated from the Hebrew. This is a story about a group of people marginalized and threatened for resisting a hormone that greatly accelerates growth to adulthood.

Gail Hareven is a columnist, novelist and teacher of feminist theory.


Blogger Walt Giersbach said...

I was VERY surprised to see a piece of speculative fiction in the New Yorker's pages instead of the often-vapid piece on a [name of foreigner]coming of age or reflecting on him/herself until the story dwindles to the protag staring grimly at the highway wondering if something or what had just happened. "The Slows" was enchanting and welcome--until the end. Substitute a brtight light for a highway.

May 6, 2009 8:32 PM  

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