It’s scary enough to hear something I like on the New Yorker fiction podcast, and even scarier when I remember reading it in the original issue. The original copy is probably still somewhere stuffed in a box somewhere around here. But it’s easier to just click on the link and listen to Jonathan Franzen read Ian Frazier’s “Coyote v. Acme”.
It’s just a classic, very dry telling of Wile E. Coyote, Supergenius, suing the Acme company for making it impossible for him to pursue his livelihood: predator. Listening brings back all those cartoons.
The story before it is “Love Trouble Is My Business” by Veronica Geng. What a peculiar story. I never thought you could do so much with the phrases “Mr. Reagan” and “read Proust”.