Monday, September 07, 2020

(another) very short story;

From a period that began in the late 1990s, Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk’s writing studio in Istanbul sat in an apartment on Susan Sokak, a street name that translated into English as “Sesame Street.” I doubt this locale was what the Children’s Television Workshop was originally referring to, as Jim Henson’s Muppets wander their fictional fragment of Manhattan. Memory is often glacial, as we know, and accumulates as naturally as it erodes. Ernie and Bert sit on the front step as Oscar the Grouch barks at passers-by, monsters and Muppets and humans alike. Elmo, no longer the new kid, old enough now to have kids of his own. Big Bird, who only managed to correctly remember Mr. Hooper’s name once both actor and character had expired, his long-standing twist of a name that succeeding generations of children would most likely never be aware of.

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