Next week’s story is The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Whoa, Gerald courted controversy with this story of two widows. The story’s narrator recounts the difference between her widowhood. Her her husband died on 9-11, while her friend’s  husband died in 9-11. That little change in preposition had made all the difference in these two women’s lives. After a few pauses and some gallows humor, we dove deep into this story of sympathy and privilege. Prepositions sparked the first tension between Maya and Rammy over whether a story that is sympathetic to envy is a good or bad position for a story to take. It’s no surprise the story caused tension among our hosts, as the story deals with thorny issues of morality and class. We soon discovered that how the reader interprets the story depends largely on their own experiences with loss and class.

How do you feel about the narrator’s plight? Let us know.

Don’t forget to rate the story! For the history of our goofy system, see Anais’ post “Read Short Stories or Ray Bradbury Cries.” On a scale of 1-6 Bradberries, how do you rate Prepositions? Tell us in the comments below or via voicemail, and we will give the final tally on the next episode.

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