Jill McCorkle

Jill McCorkle is the author of six novels and four story collections. Her work has appeared in numerous periodicals, and four of her short stories have been selected for the Best American Short Stories series. She has taught at Harvard, Brandeis, and North Carolina State University, and currently teaches in the Bennington College Writing Seminars.

The Lineman

I know people are amazed by all the wireless invisible stuff, and so am I, but I have to say I never got over being in awe of the real honest-to-God wires stretching across this country and around the world, those we can see and tend, those that can drop and jerk around like a snake, light up a mud puddle and fry the fragile life out of anybody.


You have been waiting forever—beached, scorched, weary—white handkerchief in your pocket ready to wave. But the lawyers won’t let you quit. They save you from yourself even though you want to plead guilty—unhappy in the first degree. When you enlisted…