“Colors and Light,” by Sally Rooney
Will appear in the New Yorker March 18th, 2019; read by the author in the March 12th episode of The Writer’s Voice
A few thousand words
Some stories lend themselves well to audio format and some don’t. This one does. I was gripped all the way through by this (I suppose) rather banal story of almost-romance. We know almost exactly how the main character feels about this woman even though we get nothing but his unemotional thoughts—which strikes me as characteristically masculine. At the end, I love that I can’t tell which man Pauline is trying to make jealous. I like to think it’s our hero.
I don’t get the title at all. Something to do with Pauline’s screenwriting?