2020: The Lottery
There is a moment in Shirley Jackson’s iconic story, “The Lottery” when the reader senses things are about to take a dark turn:
“A sudden hush fell on the crowd as Mr. Summers cleared his throat and looked at the list. “All ready?” he called.
In Jackson’s story, 300 residents of a town are gathered for an annual “lottery.” There is an expectant air, and the reader believes there will be a winner. Then it…