KWH Pick of the Week: “On a Bridge over the Homochito” by Peter Orner, Chosen by Adam Soto

Posted on February 27, 2012


Knox Writers’ House Contributor’s Pick of the Week 2/27/2012

On a Bridge over the Homochito by Peter Orner in San Francisco, CA

Chosen by Adam Soto in Iowa City, who says:

I picked this story for a number of reasons. First, although less importantly, because I had the pleasure of being present when Peter recorded it. He was staying in a physicist’s house, across the river from downtown Iowa City at the time. The Bears were losing their shot at the Super Bowl to the Packers, and there was Peter, reading. Second, because it happens to be one of my absolute favorites from Esther Stories. And lastly, because it’s a rare, perfect short story. Existing somewhere between lowercase realism and uppercase Romanticism, it’s an exercise in the horrible magic of memory. It’s beautiful, deft and haunting to any reader. To writers, it’s also oddly demonstrative and instructive. Peter’s got that uncommon gift, to mesmerize and yet be totally honest about what he’s doing the whole way through. How a story traversing ineptitude, impotence and envy through plot can also do so with careful structural features, a treatise and chorus of rumination. And yet, no matter how big it goes, we never leave that bridge, save for a morsel of steak in Atlantic City, or a snowstorm, which are equally concrete and real things. I hope everyone will enjoy this little number as much I do. Thanks Peter.

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