This week’s story, “It’s a Summer Day,” follows an American novelist, Arthur Less, as he travels to Italy to attend a prize ceremony, for which he is one of the finalists. How important is that opening journey—and the sense of dislocation—to the story? When I started this, I wanted to write something that was full of joy. I know that seems odd, but there it is. So I figured, the only way to do that was to Job-ify him—take everything away and give it back better. And it has to be his own fault. He can’t be a victim of a terrible world—he has to take the pill himself. I mean, that’s what humiliation really is, right? Not that it makes you seem ridiculous but… Next »
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