Q: What is your favorite story?

A: My favorite stories have always been of the “hero who overcomes childhood/adolescent adversity because they’re so smart and hard-working” variety—with the caveat that it isn’t presented as some kind of paean to capitalism and/or Social Darwinism. My very favorites are ones where the hero is (a) a heroine and (b) the adversity doesn’t consist solely or even mostly of sexual trauma (because that has been done to death).


Lisa Short’s story “The Season of Withering
in Metaphorosis Friday, 18 October 2019.
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