“Offside Constantly”
by Camille Bordas
from the June 28, 2021 issue of The New Yorker

Camille Bordas moved from France to the United States in 2012 and has since been writing in English. That’s impressive. Since 2016 she has been publishing in The New Yorker, and “Offside Constantly” will be her fifth story to appear in the magazine. In 2018 she published her first English-language novel, How to Behave in a Crowd. I could be missing it, but I don’t see a new book on the horizon. I’m okay with that! I love it when we get a regular supply of short stories, and Bordas’s work is interesting. This one looks really good too. Here is a taste:

I read a lot about famous people and how they died. Or just what diseases they had. I started with actors and writers, but now I’m down to congressmen. Painters, too, I read a lot about, but only because my brother has so many books about them. (Is it “has” or “had”? The brother is gone, but the books are still here.) My brother loved painters, paintings. Me, I don’t really know what to do with a painting, how long I’m supposed to look at it. I prefer movies. Before I watch a movie, I check how long it will last.

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