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The Balloon by Donald Barthelme (60 Stories)

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Blake This video was pretty well done as stand-alone video, but it really did nothing that the story did. The balloon in the story is so massive it covers all of Manhattan and people walk on top of it and use parts of it as more reliable landmarks than the names of streets or buildings. It's large enough to actually inspire awe. This one was smaller than a weather balloon and would be less impressive than a blimp or an airplane. And in the story it is a mystery until the very end what the balloon might be about, with everyone speculating different things about its meaning and origin. In the video it being a representative work of a man with a bizarre way of pouting is obvious the entire time.

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