“Blueprints for St. Louis”
by Ben Marcus
from the October 2, 2017 issue of The New Yorker

Though his work is usually received with a mixed response here on the site, I always like to see Ben Marcus show up in The New Yorker. It’s been a few years since we’ve seen his work, with his last coming in October 2015. That story, “Cold Little Bird,” was very well received, getting 45 comments in the discussion below. Most were very positive.

“Blueprints for St. Louis” concerns a fictional terrorist attack on St. Louis and the couple who are charged with designing a memorials for the location. I’m not sure what one can mine from that scenario, but I have some faith in Marcus. I look forward to seeing what you all think in the comments below.

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