Friday, October 30, 2009

"The Lottery Ticket." Ventura Garcia Calderon.

One-minute review: a beautiful dancer makes herself available to the theater audience of lustful men through a lottery. The winner of the lottery for that night goes off with her to do what? Well, the winner of this night’s lottery is a black man who stands up and, in full view of the audience of lustful white men, tears his winning lottery ticket into tatters. It’s a matter of black pride to show disdain for a beautiful white female dancer. The whole audience jumps on him and pummels him into the hospital. Since there are no more lotteries for this particular dancer, the author won’t tell us the name of the theater.

75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World’s Literature. Ed. Roger B. Goodman. New York: Bantam Books. 1961.

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