Articles by Ed Porter

December 10, 2012

Post-40 Bloomers: Shannon Cain’s The Necessity of Certain Behaviors 1

The title of Cain’s story collection is polymorphously suggestive, teasing the reader into attempted decodings in reaction to the individual stories. In its context in the title story, the phrase has to do with a character’s complicity in her own idealization, but the collection invites us to think about the title more expansively.