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Episode 92 – “Person or Persons Unknown”

As Serling notes, David Gurney has lost something he didn’t even know he had, his identity. A special feature of David Gurney’s circumstances is that he hasn’t lost his sense of who he is, or more neutrally, his belief that … Continue reading

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Episode 90 – “The Fugitive”

A fugitive is a person on the run, someone escaping conditions in their own culture or country uncomfortable enough to make the effort to uproot and adjust to an unfamiliar, and often unfriendly, place worth the often considerable risks.  The … Continue reading

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Episode 88 – “The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtebank”

Jeff Myrtebank succumbs to the flu as a young man in rural Kentucky, or thereabouts, in the 1920s. His family physician, Dr. Bolton, declares him dead, and his family administers last rites at their country church. During the service, Jeff … Continue reading

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Episode 83 – “Dead Man’s Shoes”

Can you step into someone else’s shoes, and in doing so, become that other person? In “Dead Man’s Shoes,” that seems to be what happens, and the ambiguity surrounding what really happens is a feature of the story, not a bug. Of course, the … Continue reading

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Episode 70 – “A Game of Pool”

Woody Allen once said that he didn’t want to become immortal through his works. He wanted to become immortal by not dying.  It’s hard to get much distance from Skakespeare’s puzzle about our posture towards death,  but this episode is … Continue reading

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