“The Rise and Fall of Circumcision” by N.D. Wilson is one of about 100 flash fiction stories resulting from Esquire Magazine’s Napkin Fiction Project. Esquire describes the project as so:
“We put 250 napkins in the mail to writers from all over the country — some with a half dozen books to their name, others just finishing their first. In return, we got nearly a hundred stories.”
I read 3 of the stories, but plan on going back to read more as all 3 were very good. My favorite was N.D. Wilson’s “The Rise and Fall of Circumcision.” Here is an excerpt:
“Suddenly, the man turns to me. I’ve been acting invisible, pretending to be elsewhere. I can’t help but look at him now.
‘I’m Jewish,’ he says. My eyes drift to his ringlets.
‘Right,’ I say. ‘So am I.’ I’m not. Not more than one-sixteenth. My wife is.
‘Jewish religiously,’ he explains. ‘Not by blood. Don’t know what I am by blood. Plain white I guess. All my dad’s family converted two years ago.’
‘Huh,’ I say. I want to say less.”
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