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08 May, 2011

Lydia Millet, "Sexing the Pheasant"

"Sexing the Pheasant" is a scathing and hilarious interior dialogue paradoxically written in the third-person point of view. Madonna, the pop star, shoots a pheasant and while waiting for Guy to show up to finish off or dispose of the bird the reader is privileged to eavesdrop into the fictional mind of one of the most famous people in the world. The story is a fun to read indictment of our cult of celebrity as well as the cult of religion. It's a fantastic exploration and amazing in its smart structure.

Favorite Sentences:
"But she had not expected the actual death thing."
"When she wasn't already tired, it was sometimes hard to speed-meditate."

interview with Millet,
Wikipedia site about Lydia Millet
interview with Millet, Bookslut
Millet's website with excerpt from story collection, Love in Infant Monkeys
Soft Skull Press web page
Sonora Review