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Monday, May 29, 2017

Reader's Diary #1596- Kate Reuther: A Man Walks Into a Bar


Last week I had remarked that my Short Story Monday selection read like a joke. Coincidentally, Kate Reuther's "A Man Walks Into a Bar" uses this approach intentionally. And it's so much better for it.

I've long thought that good jokes were like flash fiction and I'm a huge fan of "into a bar" jokes, so this story was completely up my alley.

While playing homage to the puns, Reuther subverts the humor as the story progresses. If a man spends this much time walking into a bar, there's likely something very sad going on. Like Cheers without the laugh track.


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