In The New York Times' Opinionater, an online collection of opinion commentary, a fiction piece by Elyse Pitock '15 appears in a series exploring "how we navigate the worried mind, through essay, art and memoir." An excerpt:
"When the world ends, you and the handful of other survivors are going to fight each other for what’s left. There’s going to be a little food and potable water, and a bit of inhabitable space. Maybe people speak the same language, or maybe they don’t, but words don’t matter anymore. It matters who is lucky and cunning and ambitious and strong. People eat things that you, here and now, would never dream of touching. Ultimately it doesn’t matter because the world is about to end, but if nothing else, you have a strong survival instinct. This is why, when you see something that appears to be edible, you don’t know whether to starve to death or risk being poisoned. They’re two means to the same end."
Read Pitock's full piece.
Sophomore Elyse Pitock has been a recipient of the Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights award, Stephen Sondheim’s Young Playwrights, Inc. National Playwriting award, and others.