Monday, April 11, 2022

Reader's Diary #3001 - Elliott Holt: Picnic, Lightning

 Haven't read a good Oulipo story in a while, but I'm a firm believer that creativity thrives where there's oppression, even if the rules are arbitrary. I won't say the rule is is Elliott Holt's "Picnic, Lightning" as it's more fun to figure it out on your own.

The story isn't so much set at a picnic, but rather an outdoor venue following a concert. An unexpected rainstorm has rolled in and people rush to clear out much faster than perhaps they would have otherwise. "Picnic, Lightning" is superbly paced mirroring the sense of urgency.

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