Short story: “Heart Suit”

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“Heart Suit,” by Robert Coover

A set of fifteen playing cards—the entire heart suit, which “may be shuffled and read in any order,” plus a title card and a joker, which go at the start and end—published as part of Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern Issue No. 16 (to give you the idea, the rest of the issue consists of a box, a pair of booklets, and a nylon comb with “Timothy” printed in silver curlicued letters), June 16th, 2005

Probably 1500 words?—not sure

This is one of those cool experiments that doesn’t really work, at least for me. Perhaps because it’s too long? It feels like the kind of playfulness that would work better in a very short form.