The Chrysanthemums

by Steinbeck, John

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.


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?


Article written by miette

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

9 Responses

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  1. Ricky
    Ricky December 7, 2009 at 6:26 pm |

    thank you!
    great voice

  2. Danielle
    Danielle December 9, 2010 at 6:26 pm |

    Thank you! I love your voice, I’m quite jealous! You remind me of Renee Zellweger a bit.

  3. Alisha
    Alisha October 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm |

    good reading pace and I love your voice!

  4. Reana
    Reana October 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm |

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

  5. Tanya
    Tanya May 1, 2013 at 11:49 am |

    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.

  6. Neha
    Neha February 23, 2014 at 4:22 pm |

    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

  7. Tarik
    Tarik August 13, 2014 at 3:39 pm |

    Thank You very much. Now AP Literature will be a breeze!! I love your voice by the way.

  8. Ariana
    Ariana February 9, 2015 at 6:22 pm |

    Thank you!

  9. Hannah
    Hannah July 29, 2015 at 5:23 pm |

    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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