“Show Don’t Tell”
by Curtis Sittenfeld
from the June 5 & 12, 2017 issue of The New Yorker

It’s time for the summer fiction issue, featuring three stories: “Clean, Cleaner, Cleanest,” by Sherman Alexie (here); “Crossing the River No Name,” by Will Makin (here); and “Show Don’t Tell,” by Curtis Sittenfeld.

This post and comment thread are focused on Curtis Sittenfeld’s “Show Don’t Tell.” Sittenfeld’s work has appeared relatively often in The New Yorker over the past few months. Tthis is her third since last August, and the last two (“The Prairie Wive” here, and “Gender Studies” here) inspired some great conversations in the comments. Did someone in those comments call her out for “show don’t tell” techniques? If so, hopefully this isn’t some revenge against that commenter.

I’m curious to see where he goes with this one and am looking forward to your thoughts below!

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