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Election Day (A Short Story by John Swenson)

John Swenson is a rock critic colleague of mine who wrote the highly prophetic fictional story below a couple of days after September 11, 2001. John emailed the file to me and few other friends but for some reason has never bothered to publish it, which is a shame because it’s brilliant. While John lives here in NYC, he owns a home in New Orleans which was destroyed in the flooding from Hurricane Katrina. I couldn’t stop thinking about John’s story as I rode home on the bus yesterday, and when I mentioned to John in an email how much his words have continued to haunt me, he gave me permission to print Election Day on my website. A few people who’ve read it tell me that the story is “too arty” for them, but I don’t even know what they’re talking about. I mean, isn’t a story supposed to be a piece of art? All I can say is that I hope John’s words will at the very least provoke some thought.
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