Something you don’t see too often: science fiction in the New Yorker magazine. Take the time to listen to this reading of Stuart Dybeck’s “The Red Lantern.” It takes a master to write about adultery this beautifully. This has just a minimal amount of science fiction in the set-up to give it that special ingredient. You can hear the story, and some interesting follow-up commentary, at the New Yorker.
The idea is not to make the process of reading enjoyable; it’s to make the movie the reader is imagining enjoyable. And you can do that most effectively when the reader is not slowed down or captivated by less familiar vocabulary, complex or convoluted sentences, or lengthy, overly poetic descriptions.