“A Lot of Things Have Happened”
by Adam Levin
from the December 27, 2021 issue of The New Yorker

I really disliked Adam Levin’s “Kid Positive,” the only thing of his I’ve read, when it was published in The New Yorker last year. But I’m willing to give “A Lot of Things Have Happened” a go, particularly since some of the comments showed I may have just missed the wavelength.

That said, I’m not entirely sure the opening entices me . . .

As Sara bunched up her nightshirt, she clocked a disturbance. Some movement or sound. Scraping? Paddling? Exhalations? It happened so fast, she said, she couldn’t be sure, but a rat in the toilet, submerged to the neck, was definitely trying to scale the bowl, and the next thing she knew she was standing in the bathtub, hollering for Darren.

Next thing Darren knew, he was brandishing a plunger and yelling at the rat, hoping to scare it back down the toilet.

Do I want to read the rest of this over Christmas? Probably not! But I will refrain from additional preconceived notions. I would love to hear what you think when you read it! Please comment below!

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