Discussion Notes: The Hasselblad

Next week’s story is The Laughing Man  by J.D. Salinger.

This podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher and various podcatchers. If you can take a few moments to leave an iTunes and/or Stitcher review, it would help us immensely.

On today’s episode,  we try to sort what it was we loved about this week’s story, and what gave each of us pause… well, with the exception of Kenechi since he’s, well— Kenechi. The interesting thing was how Anais, Gerald and Maya all had a similar feeling, but for different reasons. Listening to why Kenechi enjoyed the story more fully was enlightening to both the story and our differences as readers. The messy podcast is on the Youtube page, and the glistening audio version will be available by morning. Don’t forget to check out Jocelyn Johnson’s Author Spotlight to learn more about her.

We do have a rating scale. For the history of this goofy system, see Anais’s post “Read Short Stories or Ray Bradbury Cries.” You gave last week’s story, “Amundsen” by Alice Munro, 4 Bradberries.

On a scale of 1-6 Bradberries, how do you rate “The Hasselblad“? Tell us in the comments below or via voicemail, and we will give you the final tally on the next episode.

Next week’s story is The Laughing Man  by J.D. Salinger. The story is also available as a, much easier to read, pdf starting on page 25.

3 comments on The Hasselblad – Jocelyn Johnson – Literary Roadhouse Ep: 6

  1. EmergingWriter says:

    Sadly, I had a very “meh” reaction to this story also. I wanted to love it, because lesbian characters in literary fiction are hard to find. However, I felt that the writing style had a striving quality to it (trying a bit too hard, perhaps) and the ending left me feeling unfulfilled, as many of you experienced. An author to watch, however, I’d say. Thanks as always for the cast!

  2. mconcepcion says:

    Great podcast! I too am on the fence about the story. A good short read, not much of a story, as you guys commented, more like a snapshot, which seems appropriate given the title.

    I really enjoy the quizzes to select the next story. I knew all the answers this time. "Even Theo and Cleo?" Anais asked. "Yep, I’m full of knowledge!" Haha

    I give the story 3 bradberries.

    1. Maya Goode says:

      I bow before your Pinocchio knowledge!

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