These stories evince a sense of wonder at the world and a suspicion of lazy understandings of what is supposedly ordinary.
Absurdity is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, as Varallo reminds us, sometimes it is a wonderful thing, a means of keeping our thirst for meaning in check.
Sometimes I will ask myself, What kind of story do I rarely see in the slush pile? What kind of story do I want to read right now?
The best ideas are hiding just behind your doubts. When I push through doubts, I find it’s an access point to something that’s meaningful.