Thursday, September 29, 2016

Top ten stories of hubris

Tommy Wieringa is an award-winning Dutch writer.

One of his ten top stories of hubris, as shared at the Guardian:
You Are Not a Stranger Here by Adam Haslett

This collection provides a peerless case of a mind cut loose. In the story Notes to My Biographer, the narrator is a manic inventor, who has applied for 26 patents and outlived three wives. We are slowly sucked into his psychotic delusions, his powerful, manic energy. His son is at his wits’ end. He weeps. The last sentence is unforgettable: “In the distance the shimmering pier juts into the vast darkness of the ocean like a burning ship launched into the night.”
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue