This week’s story is one of Tom’s favorites, which he often teaches as an antidote when his students complain that his story selections are too depressing. Though it’s debatable whether D’Ambrosio’s story of a man caring for his psychologically troubled son is really a happy one. Hopeful, maybe? In a sort of stoic way?
We talk about D’Ambrosio’s knack for dialogue, and his often beautiful sentences. Though we also discuss whether these strengths translate to readers who aren’t also writers. Does “reading as a writer,” while useful for your own writing, begin to disconnect you with how others read a story? Where’s the line between enjoyable and admirable, or is that even a line worth thinking about?
In addition to the story, we talk about some of history’s (and pop culture’s) worst dads, Canadian bears, and the TV show Sanford and Son. We also take a question from a listener about whether the way a person falls in love changes over time. Which Mike has a lot of thoughts about, though it’s debatable whether any of those thoughts are true, or even make much sense outside his own brain.
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