Monday, August 02, 2021

Reader's Diary #2222- Carmyn Effa: It Was Better to Be Prepared

Carmyn Effa's "It Was Better to Be Prepared" is wonderfully set around the turn to the 21st Century. The main character (me, I guess, as it's told from the 2nd person perspective) is especially preoccupied with Y2K's potential apocalyptic trigger. But she's also a religious fanatic, or rather from a very evangelic community. I loved this contrast, especially from an outsider mindset, it's a relatively easy culture to mock, and yet, a lot of us nonetheless also got caught up in Y2K mania. We didn't really believe it, but were also vaguely excited in a perverse way for the possibility of something major and bad to happen, to shake things up. 

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