Leila has gone back to the very early days with this choice and it is one of the editor’s favourites and we still talk about it sometimes – late at night over the whisky and that. This is what Leila said:
Ms. Dougherty’s Friday lies deep in the background radiation caused by the Literally Stories’ Big Bang into existence. Yet, like a distant star that can be plucked down only the Hubble Space Telescope or Richard III, it still casts a considerable shine when brought back into view.
“There are some lives that don’t begin in earnest until they are almost over,” had been leading a procession of similarly well written sentences regarding a lonely butcher named Francois for nearly five years until I glimpsed its unique shine in the ever starry sky. Still, unlike a star whose light still goes on long after it has collapsed, a distant story remains as it has always been. And although five years is hardly a serious test of time, Friday seems built well enough to endure the long haul.
I usually resist asking questions of a person whose first reaction to me will most likely be “Who the [insert your own expletive] is this bozo?” It’s been a long while since LS has heard from Ms. Dougherty, and the odds that she will report this missive as Spam may be higher than winning a reply. Still, here goes.
Q: After five years, is there anything about this story you’d change?
Q: How many drafts and/or revisions went into the creation of this piece?