Tag: Shirley Jackson

  • The Bus by Shirley Jackson

    I once read an article about why so few commuters were inclined to take the bus. This would have eased congestion in my home city. New Zealanders are notoriously wedded to their cars (which have only gotten bigger and bigger since the aggressive marketing of double-cab utes). Sure, we like our cars. But there’s this […]

  • Afternoon in Linen by Shirley Jackson Short Story Analysis

    Kristen Roupenian joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “Afternoon in Linen,” by Shirley Jackson, which appeared in a 1943 issue of the New Yorker magazine. I count this story as a perfect example of the dark carnivalesque, in the same way The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier is darkly carnivalesque. Unlike a picture book […]

  • The Lottery by Shirley Jackson Short Story Analysis

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    “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson (1948) was first published in The New Yorker and remains the most controversial story The New Yorker has ever run. The magazine was bombarded with vitriol and many cancelled subscriptions. Some readers were angry because this story ruined their day. Why? Partly it’s because “The Lottery” is a horror story […]

  • Shirley Jackson’s Louisa, Please Come Home Analysis


    “Louisa, Please Come Home” is a short story by Shirley Jackson, first published in Ladies Home Journal, 1960. WHAT HAPPENS IN “LOUISA, PLEASE COME HOME?” On the face of it, the premise of this short story is pretty far from realism. 19-year-old symbolically named Louisa Tether runs away from her family the day before her […]