Short Story of the Week: Laurie Anderson’s Farewell to Lou Reed
I came across Laurie Anderson’s tribute to her husband Lou Reed in the November 21, 2013 issue of Rolling Stone. Although, I had little to no background on Reed, I was captivated by her story about their 20+ year relationship.
What I love about this story:
- It the perfect length at around 1,330 words
- It was a close examination of a significant experience
- Although it covers a large span of time, the story still felt intimate and complete
It was instantly my choice for our first Short Story of the Week.
A reader’s reaction to the story:
…Of course, the centerpiece was Laurie Anderson’s moving remembrance. I ached as I read it, but I was also left with a soaring sense of joy. Brilliant, sorrowful and exultant — all in the same breath. I can’t imagine a more apropos tribute to a man who never compromised. (Ryan H. Heinsius, Rolling Stone)
Every week, we will look to post a short story that catches our eye — a little inspiration for our contributors.