Lorrie Moore writes stories about space aliens. The stories tend to take one of two forms: the Invasion of the Body Snatchers narrative it dawns on our heroine that she is surrounded by aliens, or married to one , or the A. Like the spaceship Nostromo from Alien , the house even has a stowaway—a homeless teenager who Ruth discovers has been living in the attic. The second category, the A. All writers of fiction are, to some degree, body-snatching aliens. Although they move freely among the general population, they remain outside of it, privately observing and dissecting human behavior, before returning home to their labs to construct scrupulous simulacra of life: novels and short stories. Bark , her slim new collection, contains eight stories written in the 16 years since Birds of America.
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But how good were those original stories, really? Still, there were plenty of duds. Still, there were plenty of undying themes of abuse and self-hatred that sent chills up our spines, along with some old-fashioned scares. Something like 85 percent of our foot control comes from the big toe, so I call bullshit on that corpse finding the boy post-dinner, pre—physical therapy. The eyeballs are grapes, which checks out.