By Kari Howard
This week I went to a show by a pop band where the opening act bravely came out solo. Just a young man and his guitar. As he bared his feelings about the death of his father, the roar of idle chitchat almost drowned him out, and the theater was full of the firefly glows of people checking their email or Twitter feeds.
The indifference of the crowd reminded me of the feeling I get sometimes when looking at the comments section on the Great Reads. The disdain, or outright hate, can be shocking. But then other readers will talk about how the story moved them.
If just one connection between the writing and the heart has been made, I’m happy.
I hope the singer at the show this week knew he moved at least one person in the audience.
Anyway, in these roundups of the week gone by, I’d like to offer the first paragraphs of each Great Read (or, as they’re known in print, Column One) --maybe they’ll buy your eye and you can settle in for a good weekend read. And you’ll also get the songs that inspired me while editing the stories, or reading them later. A story-song combo!
Hot on the trail of a kidnapped iPhone
My iPhone had been kidnapped.
It was sending me cries for help.
Each time it was powered on, it beamed an SOS, giving me an exact street address.
I studied the images on my computer screen, zooming in close.
The tidy lawn of a one-story home, the boxy exterior of a duplex.
My iPhone was on the move. Modern technology told me where.
But how on Earth was I going to get it back?
#storysongs combo: “Call Me,” by Blondie.
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