Short story: “Roy Spivey”
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“Roy Spivey,” by Miranda July
No idea how many words
This story is just fun to read, and the evocation of emotional paralysis rings really true to me.
I did keep rolling around quasi-anagrams in the back of my head (Yvor Spyrie?), but that was okay. The one thing that distracted me, for the first few minutes, was trying to figure out if this was just a quirky, thinly veiled wish-fulfillment piece about the writer’s celebrity crush (it’s not). That’s obviously not something that could be eliminated from the piece, though.