We’ve been discussing, the relationship of truth and fiction in my writing classes lately. More specifically, we’ve been discussing the idea of truth in fiction. It can be a tough sell, with students balking at my arguments, refusing to believe that there can be any legitimate truth to that which is so clearly labeled “fiction”–the graceful lie after all–that is until I share a piece by Tim O’Brien entitled “Good Form” from his collection The Things They Carried.

I’ve taken the liberty of recording my reading of it below. It’s quite short, but it will stick with you for a while. It did for me anyway.

“Good Form” by Tim O’Brien