Dollopween 5: The New Yorker Fiction: The Lottery

Podcast and Podcaster: The New Yorker Fiction

Episode: A. M. Homes Reads Shirley Jackson, at and at iTunes

A. M. Homes reads Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery,” and discusses it with The New Yorker’s fiction editor, Deborah Treisman.

Why I chose this one: It’s the venerable New Yorker. You’re being read to by the author of The End of Alice, one of the most astounding novels I have ever read. And Homes is reading the horror story. When “The Lottery” was first published in The New Yorker in 1948, people had a visceral response, along the lines of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds reading ten years earlier. The public knew it was fiction, but it still twisted and prodded their lizard brains until they had nightmares about their neighbors and their employers.

It still chills, zero to the bone (thank you, Emily Dickinson), even today–it has lost no power behind its punch. Enjoy.

Novels and Stories by A. M. Homes

Novels and Stories by Shirley Jackson

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  1. I was always a fan of Dave’s stand-up, and this truly unique history podcast is amazing. I’ve been following it for a year and a half, listened to the catalog twice, and desperately hope that Dave and Gareth make it to south Florida to do a live Dollop on some of the truly F***ED up things that happen in this state. Between Tampa, Jacksonville, West Palm, and Miami, I think you would sell out and completely eviscerate the state….or at the very least, give Gareth some new nightmares.

    Dave, never be afraid to speak your mind and offend who is going to be offended by what you say… if you don’t tackle the hard subjects, history fans like me will only get the whitewashed, politically correct version of history… and what fun is that?!

    • Amen to that, on both counts! One…people don’t say What the Florida for nothing! and Stephen King didn’t set two of his more surreal horror novels (Duma Key and Joyland) without good reason. And two: history is offensive and coarse and weird. And funny. Because it’s us. People are offensive and coarse and weird and funny–and sometimes amazing and beautiful. All of it deserves exploration without clapback or censor, because it all happened.

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