All Is Not Darkness

In the interests of counterbalancing the vindictive streak of that last post, allow me to point you to George Saunders's short story in the latest New Yorker.

I've been ranting for a while about the modern tendency to use images from the media, advertising in particular, to mediate one's own existence. In "Jon," Saunders has a go at this theme, and I'd say he nails it. The story is deadpan, deep, and disturbing all at once. Saunders specializes in this combination, and I don't think anyone does it better.