short stories. One of them (History of a Disturbance) has to do with
words, a man who comes to think they are unnecessary, even evil, and
that silence is better and truer, offering a new way of life.
This isn't true I'm sure, but it's possible a story like History of a
Disturbance could be inspired by a psychological condition.
Logophobia is the word - a fear of words or speaking.
A few weeks ago I read a short story called The Empire of Ice Cream
by Jeffrey Ford. The whole story is based on a condition called Synesthesia.
Again and again, psychological phenomena can inspire some wonderful,
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