The Fifth Story

by Lispector, Clarice

I read recently about toxic bread in a sleepy French village, about mass hallucinations and the newly revealed hypothesis that the CIA was responsible for covert LSD experiments. Apparently, the same thing might have happened in the subways of New York. And suddenly, so much is explained, especially as pertains to cockroach-squashing memories.

These days, when the shadows on your computer screen start doing some sort of cold Finnish tango across the monitor, maybe you should refrain from thinking you work too hard, and just sit back and try to enjoy it.


(N.B. OH! And if this story doesn’t keep you sated until next time, you really should go and see my friends at Revolving Floor, where I’ve put voice to microphone on a glorious Lilithian poem by Amy Meckler. Get over there.)


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.

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  1. CJ
    CJ March 20, 2010 at 9:29 pm |

    Does one ever truly own cockroaches? Although I suppose one could have one as a pet.

  2. D. Sherter
    D. Sherter March 12, 2011 at 2:54 pm |

    Actually ate crunchy chips while listening to this – life makes you hard. What would be your choice of snacks for “The Castle”?

  3. Hobie Anthony
    Hobie Anthony May 17, 2011 at 2:17 pm |

    I believe Ken Kesey wrote about being a subject to those experiments. It’s a funny account in that he learned to screw with the pointy headed gov’t scientists. Can’t quite recall what book/article that’s part of, but it’s out there.

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