Monday, January 04, 2016

Reader's Diary #1237- Stephen Marche: The Shomer and the Boreal Owl


I'm still undecided about Stephen Marche's "The Shomer and the Boreal Owl." A large part of me wants to dismiss as having nothing to offer except shock value. It's about a guy sexually attracted to wildlife.

Then, it is entertaining. It might also have a worthwhile point or two about sexual deviations, the psychology involved and all that. Maybe it's not even a story about inappropriate sexual deviations at all, but about our desire to be free.

Still, that story's been told and I doubt this one would have been published without the weird animal attraction, so I'm leaning once more toward shock value. Or gimmick at the very least.

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