Hailing from Los Angeles, California and El Paso, Texas, Dagoberto Gilb has been publishing stories and novels since the mid-eighties. His collections of short stories include The Magic of Blood (1993), Woodcuts of Women (2001), and Before the End, After the Beginning (2011). His novels include The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña (1994) and The Flowers (2008). Gilb has also worked as a professor of creative writing at Texas State University, and the universities of Arizona and Wyoming.
“please, thank you” is the story of a man who has recently suffered a stroke. He struggles to deal with the effects of his illness, the health care he is provided, and the expectations of his family. The piece raises questions about recognizing suffering, responding to suffering, and connections made between people through traumatic experiences.
Harpers Magazine, June 2010
What makes it possible for us to connect to others? What gets in the way?Why is connection important? What does it enable? What does it impede?How do we respond to the suffering of others? How would we like others to respond to our own?How does healing occur? What makes it possible?Is health a private or public issue? Is it an individual or a social problem?