for Never Prosper
Liz Harmer’s “Never Prosper” is not content to hold up a mirror; instead, it holds up several, angled so we can see ourselves from many directions at once. The story unfolds in the twenty-nine minutes a professor waits for a late student to arrive for their meeting. But in that scrap of time, it has so much to show us: the grinding anxiety of late-stage academia, the constant push-pull of envy, the slow creep of disillusionment, the psychological combat of Facebook comments. But we also see people striving for better—for integrity, for meaning, for fulfillment.