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Steinbeck, John

The Chrysanthemums

For years, the only time I’ve ever been the slightest bit jealous of my carnivorous confreres has been in those moments after a Thanksgiving feast, watching them settle into the tryptofanatical haze of blissful near-slumber. The rest of the year I laud my healthful eating habits, but in those moments while sitting sprightly and alert at attention after the traditional Overindulgence In Side Dishes that defines the plight of non-flesheaters at such feasts,

For years, the only time I’ve ever been the slightest bit jealous of my carnivorous confreres has been in those moments after a Thanksgiving feast, watching them settle into the tryptofanatical haze of blissful near-slumber. The rest of the year I laud my healthful eating habits, but in those moments while sitting sprightly and alert at attention after the traditional Overindulgence In Side Dishes that defines the plight of non-flesheaters at such feasts, I wonder why the hell the pharmaceuticals aren’t offering up in capsule form what seems a perfectly legal and government-endorsed out-of-body experience. In short, it’s the only time I feel like I’m Missing Out.

BUT!

Leave it to National Geographic to dispel the soporific effects of these turkey dinners you so crave. All these years, and you meateaters have been faking it!? Does this only happen in the presence of nonmeateaters?

In other words, I’m onto you. So next year, rather than holding up the charade, why not dose off naturally, organically, bedtimestorily?

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By miette

Miette has been podcasting the best of world literature's short fiction since March 2005, when she was just a pup.

9 replies on “The Chrysanthemums”

In my AP Literature class we are on the Short Fiction unit and I have been glued to your audios of these stories.

This is was horrible, too slow it felt like an hour passed by just reading less than half of it. Bad reading pace, your voice is okay though.

i love it….. i didn’t feel like there would be a podcast for this… but OMG i found it!! Now i dont need to read it sitting in this boring desk!! Thank u so much! Making my life so much easier

I am in a senior level English class called The Development of a Short Story and this is a piece we are discussing tomorrow night in class.
I must say that I love your voice and pacing! Thank you so much for uploading this!

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