Nathan Englander, "Poor Little Egg-Boy Hatched in a Shul"

An egg-boy is born. He betrays his sister pretty much right away.

(from McSweeney’s #28)

This is a funny, silly little story. It’s a fable with a vague moral whose real-world applications are a little hard to nail down. I think that’s how it’ll be with each of the nifty little books in this McSweeney’s collection. That’s fine with me. Hooray for quick reads and illustrations. And yes, there is something kind of “easy” about writing stories like this but maybe more modern fabulists should take the hint. There’s no need to overwrite a children’s story.

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