Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Happy Birthday, Shirley Jackson


The Writer's Almanac today reminded us that the author best-known for the above story about "a yearly ritual in which townspeople select one of their number and stone him or her to death, believing that the sacrifice ensures a bountiful harvest," would be ninety-five today. Shirley Jackson, who reminds me of a faithless Flannery O'Connor, lived in the town next door, Brighton, NY, which is apparently far more savage than our Town of Pittsford.

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