Friday, June 29, 2012
Friday Reading Assignment
John Collier's Fancies and Goodnights is a collection of wicked, darkly comic little stories, written mostly in the 1930s and '40s. Reading them made me think of Saki, as each story has some kind of twist: the evil get their just reward, or sometimes the innocent are the ones who suffer. Because life is random that way. Life is also a little quirky in John Collier's world: husbands murder their wives, a rare orchid devours humans and cats, a young shop assistant falls in love with a store mannequin, a Hollywood screenwriter is sold to the devil by his agent. Good times.