03 December, 2010
Tobias Wolff, "Say Yes"
I like the way blood was included so naturally into the story, especially just one drop. It reminded me of the racist idea that one drop of black blood would dirty white blood.
The story is ultimately, I think, about how people do or do not ever really know another person.
Tobias Wolff read this story and it is posted on the Huffington Post website. In this reading, Wolff deleted three or so scattered sentences and an entire paragraph toward the end.
This story was first published in The Missouri Review where it was titled "Washing Up" and subsequently in Our Story Begins.
Tobias Wolff reading "Say Yes"