This week I have short stories about redemption to recommend. Sunday morning, my sons and I went to HEB to do the grocery shopping. On the drive, we listened to This American Life on NPR. Just as we pulled into the parking lot, Act 3 began, with a story by Brady Udall called “Otis's Resurrection”. In the first few minutes we were hooked, and none of us wanted to go in and shop. We sat listening, laughing and crying until the end. If you are in the mood to hear a story about the ability to move beyond tragic mistakes, I highly recommend this one. You can listen on line at: http://www.thislife.org/pages/descriptions/00/154.html. A few years ago, I read Udall's wonderful book "The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint" about an Indian boy growing up in an orphanage, searching for his parents. If you want to see a taping of This American Life, they will be live in Austin at the Paramount Theatre on April 22nd. Tickets are still available.
This week's New Yorker has a wonderful story about second chances by T. Coraghessan Boyle called “Chicxulub”. It interweaves the tale of a father’s reaction to the news that his daughter has been injured in a terrible car accident with his worry that a comet may smash into the earth. Let me know if you want me to make you a copy.