Helping

A novel excerpt, “Helping,” is up at TIN HOUSE! It’s very short. I’m very glad it’s up. Many thanks to Thomas Ross for astute edits!

It might be time to quote Malaparte, from THE SKIN: “Try to say ‘No’ to a dead man, try to tell him that you have no time to waste on the dead, that you have other things to do, that the living have their own affairs to settle, that they have duties to perform toward the living too, and not merely the dead, try to tell him that in these days the dead are dead and the living soon console themselves for their absence. Try to tell a dead man this, and see what happens to you. He will round upon you like a savage dog, and will try to bite you and tear your face with his nails…”

R.O. Kwon