The Easy Chair Episode 23: The Lottery

January 5, 2016

Laura Hurwitz

Today’s Easy Chair episode: The Lottery, Shirley Jackson’s classic tale about a small town’s annual lottery. As the villagers gather in the town square for this yearly ritual, the sense of unease grows. There’s the black box, the slips of paper…only one is marked, and everyone must take his or her chance. It’s always been this way. Tune in as I tell the short story that generated a previously unprecedented and subsequently unequaled mountain of hate mail at The New Yorker. Not only is it jaw-droppingly shocking, it may just be my favorite short story ever.