14 January 2005

“The Love Charm”

Eugene Volokh is a law professor and blogger. Today he posted a link to a short story he wrote, “The Love Charm”, and—bonus feature!—its original ending which I think I prefer to the published one.

Although “The Love Charm” is interesting in its own right, I'm posting this because the story reminds me of poormattie. It is a story about love, cruelty, and ethical dilemmas. But its tone is abstract and casual, as though the narrator made a secret decision not to venture too close to the story in the retelling, for fear of reliving the pain.

It might be interesting to rewrite this story as a collection of highly emotional scenes and see how much punch could be got out of it.

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