June 27th on the Roman calendar is Initium Aestasis, the beginning of summer.
Listen to the story and a brief discussion of the story on the New Yorker Podcast.
Or watch a brief film version:
William Brennan, a writer for Slate's culture blog provides some insights on Jackson's writing process.
Today's Challenge: Today in Fiction
If you were to write a story set on a single day, what specific date would you choose? Why?
Quote of the Day: I frankly confess to being completely baffled by Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery.’ Will you please send us a brief explanation before my husband and I scratch right through our scalps trying to fathom it? --Miriam Friend in a letter to the editor of The New Yorker.