Monday, June 20, 2022

Reader's Diary #3018 - Zachary Phillips: Confess

 Zachary Phillips' short story "Confess" comes with a trigger warning. I get why it was necessary, but I can't help but wonder what the impact of the story would have been without it.

There's a Black Mirror episode where there's a young man who's being blackmailed and for most of the episode you feel sorry for him. Then a reveal at the end indicates that he's not as innocent as we first thought and the viewers must reconcile there previous sympathy against this new information. The result is a great philosophical struggle about justice. 

With "Confess" however, and pretty much knowing where it's going because of the trigger warning, it was hard to feel sympathy from the get-go. Super well-written though!

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