News Archive 2009-2018

English Professor’s Story Published in The New Yorker Archives

sarah-braunsteinA short story by Visiting Assistant Professor of English Sarah Braunstein has been published in the March 16 issue of the The New Yorker. In the story, “All You Have to Do,” Sid Baumwell, a teenager living in a small town, looks about for a “grievance.”

In an interview with Willing Davidson ’99, a New Yorker fiction editor, Braunstein says, ‘How does one grow up, and manage the violence implicit in the act of growing, in the face of such steadiness and equilibrium? It may seem to Sid (and, sometimes, to me) that it’s only hysteria — in the form of grievance, or longing, or pain, or trangression — that motivates one, finally, to change. And by change I mean simply to move beyond the town, to become someone new. To grow up.”