Describe a place people could visit that would reveal something important about you. (DYM II.118)

By John Allen

In her new collection of short stories, If a Stranger Approaches You: Stories, author Laura Kasischke returns to her childhood school playground and the stories her classmates told each other.  

In a recent Huffington Post blog post, she talks about the richness of of stories from a resonant time and place:
These were the stories we told on the playground to one another, and knew to be true. This was the suburban compendium of our shared childhood, its oral anthology, representing what we questioned and understood of the world.
Our culture, our chronicle, the arcane knowledge we gathered and dispensed during those free twenty minutes twice a day as we circled the swing sets and slides, churning ourselves into human citizens, into particular products of a place and time.

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