By Ben Greenman
Q: What do Tiger, Paris, Lindsay, Alec, and Oprah have in universal with the long-lasting characters of Anton Chekhov? A: Love, loss, delight, craving, heartbreak, renewal, transcendence: the very stuff of lifestyles. The immortal tales of Anton Chekhov have lengthy entranced readers with their insights into the common truths of human habit . . . yet you have by no means learn them really like this. Former pals Nicole and Paris trade prickly pleasantries in "Tall and Short." Talk-show host Dave narrowly averts one other capability household main issue in "A Transgression." truth superstar Kim stocks her newfound notoriety with Khloe and Kourtney in "Joy." In a witty, sleek, and revelatory feat of literary reinvention, acclaimed novelist and stand-up comedian Ben Greenman takes nineteen of Chekhov's maximum tales and recasts them with a few of the best-known luminaries of our time—with eye-opening, and oddly ennobling, effects.
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I have been trying with the cards to determine whether it will be fine tomorrow, and whether Tiger will be home,” she said. ” Elin Nordegren looked indifferently at her mother, got up, and began walking up and down the room. ” The old lady laid out the cards in three long rows and shook her head. ” she asked, glancing at her daughter. ” “I see you do. I should think so. When I visited over the summer he might be out of the house two days in a row, maybe three. But now it is serious. Five days!
I can’t do this! he thought. I can’t bear it. All I am doing is shifting this poor baby from door to door. It’s not its fault that it’s been born. It’s done me no harm. And what was my role in this? The villain’s role. I took my pleasure and the innocent has to pay the penalty. What if I put it at Martha Stewart’s door and she sends it to an orphanage, and it grows up among strangers, without love, and it becomes a criminal, or a drunk, or a ne’er do well? I could provide for this child easily.
His son slammed the car door, and he flinched. The baby had only to wake up and begin to cry, and the secret would be discovered. Dave was conscious of an overwhelming desire to run. “Maybe I can take it somewhere else,” he told himself. “To a hospital? To a friend’s house? ” Dave swept up the bundle and quietly went out the side door. His car was blocked in by his wife, so he went down the driveway, toward the road, where another car was parked. ” he told himself, trying to assume an air of unconcern.