My latest project, to read and comment on all 20 BASS 2010 stories. And why not start this blog, this project, with the superhero of the Pantheon of Writers, the Rockstar of Flash himself, and tell him what’s wrong with his story. If you’re going to be stupid, be really stupid, that’s my new motto.
Ok, I loved this story until it got to the poker game itself. I think that’s because I’ve always been content-driven, and I was interested in the interaction between patient and therapist more than the poker game. Also, I was pretty sure what was going to happen in the game, and I’m surprised that I wasn’t surprised. I enjoyed the way the therapist kept coming up with excuses for his actions, like a good little addict, nice rationalizations – teach the patient a lesson, that was my favorite. The game itself, damn, I was loving these characters and then you throw cards at me? I didn’t care about the cards! Maybe that’s because I don’t know poker and I’m not interested in learning about it. But even without knowing what the cards meant, I knew what was happening, so that’s a really good thing he did there. this is a story I’m going to read again, I’m interested in level of detail, and in how he slipped in backstory and internal thought, my bete noirs. Overall I give it a 9 but that’s probably because I’ve been falling in love with Steve Almond lately. When I fall out of love I’ll probably give it a 7.5. Part of the problem is, “what’s at stake”, ok, maybe his marriage, but $50,000 isn’t all that much for a shrink who makes that on one patient in one year. It’s fascinating because he becomes the patient who has to pay, and I guess that’s the point, he got the therapy in one afternoon instead of weekly but he still gets to pay the full amount. Hmmm. Make that an 8 after my crush subsides.