Where, more importantly, is the story? David simply is. He does nothing, desires nothing. He exists, if that, and nothing more. If perhaps we had been told that David did not like the snow, and the snow was cold, we could at least imagine the beginnings of a story, a conflict, a drama: perhaps David will try to find warmth (a quest of sorts)? Perhaps he will come, in the end, to like the snow? But as it is written, all we know is that David likes the snow. If there is a connection between David’s appreciation of snow and the relative coldness of the snow and ice, it is left to the reader to discern.
Shalom Auslander is not very pleased with the entrants to the Three Under Three prize.