Monday, September 15, 2014

Reader's Diary #1067- Sofi Papamarko: The Pollinators

I admit being one of those people a little too preoccupied with the end of the world. It's not that I want it to happen, but I find that I need to remind myself of that when I find reading about doomsday scenarios morbidly fun. What's next? Ebola? World War 3? It's not fun of course. For those in Liberia, Syria, or the Ukraine, such concerns probably conjure up much realer connotations than a Suzanne Collins novel.

So why do those of us living in relative comfort obsess over such things? The obvious answer is that we are afraid of losing those comforts, but that doesn't explain the "fun" factor. Given the success of apocalyptic books, movies, and so on, I know I'm not the only one. Clearly we're all naive, but I thing a larger part of the answer lies in the fact that it provides a distraction from the mundane and/or personal stressors of life. Who needs to worry about a 13% increase in their electricity bills when the world is about to end? Global concerns are so much more exciting. We can pretend to be concerned about that stuff because deep down we know the likelihood is still pretty slim.

In Sofi Papamarko's "The Pollinators" a dinner table conversation about such lighthearted fare becomes a bit of a cautionary tale about neglecting the smaller issues, leading to the death of much smaller, but no less significant worlds. The tension that underlies this story is brilliant and the release, while not fun at all, is just as explosive as an Ebola outbreak.

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