Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. Ben Marcus's "Cold Little Bird" was originally published in the October 19, 2015 issue of The New Yorker.
Ben Marcus is a semi-regular in the fiction pages of The New Yorker. Earlier this year, we got his “The Grow-Light Blues,” which got a mixed-to-negative response in the discussion here. His three others to have been discussed on this site were more favorably received: he first appeared with “Rollingwood” (discussed here), then “What Have You Done” (discussed here), and “The Dark Arts” (discussed here). From what I can see in the comments, Marcus is a welcome presence most of the time — is he wearing out that welcome? I’m anxious to see what you all think of “Cold Little Bird.”
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