One Story Does It Again

Self is watching “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”  Hilarious, as usual.  And, as usual, she multi-tasks.  Reading for right now:  One Story, Issue Number 156.  The story, “The Quiet,” is by C. Joseph Jordan, whose author bio states that he is “an MFA candidate in the University of Minnesota.”

Oh, bravo, Mr. Jordan, for such an auspicious start to your writing career!

She actually is a tad less than enthused when the first paragraph tells her this is a story about Sergeant Adlai Malick, United States Marine Corps, who finds himself in Vietnam and “not equipped to believe in such chaos.”  But because this is One Story, which introduced her to Karl Taro Greenfeld, she continues reading.  On p. 2 she encounters this passage:

The doctor who examined him had a propensity to slam doors.  Each time he came into or went out of the exam room, the door cracked against its jamb, and Sergeant Malick’s heart rate spiked.  He reminded himself, You are not special.  Sitting in silence with nothing but the buzz of fluorescent lights in his ears, bare legs sticking to the exam table, he thought, It will be all right.  The moment he believed it, the doctor returned and slammed the door again, and his heart raved in his chest.

Well.  What. a. passage.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.


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