Jack London doesn't seem to be much read these days, at least not in London. I like his short story "To Build a Fire", which is exactly the right length - he obviously spent long enough on it to make it short enough.
Unusually, a film of the story is the right length too. It isn't often you see a film and a story that match so closely.
The moral of this story? Baby, it's cold out there. Dogs are clever. People are stupid. Who cares?
By the way, I'm coming in from the cold too, having been away from the blog for a while. I hope I will be allowed to warm myself by the fire for a bit.
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