Sunday, July 13, 2008

A Former Student Writes About Having Cancer

Hmm. This story is several things, most of which transcend the idea of craft. But all its inspirational and prophylactic excellence aside, we must note: It's a good story. It's a good job. It's good work. It ain't no soggy Reader's Digest fodder. Through his the fear and discomfort, George kept doing his journalism.

By the way, you are not surprised to learn my favorite bit is his explanation of how did he First Learn:

To be specific, I touched my right testicle. How do I explain? To be honest, I must have been getting ready to masturbate. I don't know. Picture me shrugging my shoulders.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Please explain why that was your "favorite bit."

....J.Michael Robertson said...

It's *classic*.

george said...

I should note that this story had to go through a few filters.
first: was it appropriate to have a drawing of male genitalia, even if it was a self-examination regarding cancer vigilance
second: was masturbation appropriate for a family paper?
third: (this one from the publisher) did you or did you not masturbate?
...so goes the sausage machine...