We like Montgomery’s clear structuring of this story and his skillful transitions. He shapes the reader’s sequential experience in the first two sections handily and ends the second section with an exposition of the piece’s issue or theme.

He ends the piece with a bit of dialogue that touches on his theme in a complex, ironic and telling way. The dialogue points out not only his protagonist’s narcissism, but underscores the ethical issue at hand in a wonderfully indirect way. It’s an ending worthy of a good short story.

Read “Everyone Knew About John Kidd’s Problem…” by Ben Montgomery

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