I’ve long been an admirer of the strange, intense, and yet incredibly intimate work of Jonathan Blum. Here in his new novella, Last Word, Blum gives us a father who does his best to love his son, and a family very much in peril. Last Word often made me laugh–he knows his people so well. It also often made me wonder: what more is in store for us–as sons, as fathers, as families–in this time of incredible technological upheaval? A necessary book for a very fraught time.