Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. Thomas Pierce's "This Is and Alert" was originally published in the March 30, 2015 issue of The New Yorker.
I’ve enjoyed all of the fiction pieces Pierce has published in The New Yorker over the past few years, but I keep waiting for Pierce to “break through,” meaning I hope for more than an enjoyable, entertaining, thoughtful piece: he has something great in the works. I’ve finished reading “This Is an Alert” now, and it hits the same sweet spot without quite being that masterpiece I’m anticipating. I will get my thoughts up soon.