The Auditorium

by Andrés Cruciani

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A Cornell alum and former math teacher, Andrés earned an MFA in fiction from The New School. Since then, he has taught writing at FIT and the Hispanic Center for Excellence at Albert Einstein College. Andrés’ writing has appeared in Welter, Brooklyn Aikikai Journal, and is forthcoming in Sand Hill Review. He has completed a novel, Milos, for which he is currently seeking representation.

What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “The Auditorium”?

“The Auditorium” is a stand-alone excerpt from a novel I am working on (Equality). The idea for the piece was spurred by a scene from David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King in which a group of IRS auditors sitting in an office all do the same thing: turn pages. I thought it would be interesting to show a setting in which almost everyone is doing something different.


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