Sept/Oct 2022 • Vol. XLIV No. 5 |

Social Learning

The Kenyon Review · "Social Learning" by Drew Calvert When Astrid, my boss, announced that she was pregnant, we were all surprised, each in our own special way. It was Monday morning, midwinter. Evanston was covered in a plush duvet of snow, and we had just sat down in the meeting room, coffees steaming, limbs and digits tingling from their slow thaw. “FYI,” Astrid said. She was eight weeks along. Immediately it was awkward. Deborah, who, at fifty-three, was basically our mother, yipped overexcitedly and spilled her coffee across the desk, soaking my fresh legal pad and moistening the corner of my complimentary iPad. I cleaned the mess with a paper towel as Howard, thirty, the office pedant, quizzed Astrid, thirty-five, on the diagnostic method, i.e., whether she had peed on a stick and, if so, which brand. Cecily, the office temp, a sour-faced, electrifying recent college grad, was a communist with a known stance on overpopulation, so her mute response had a moral valenc

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Drew Calvert’s writing has appeared in Boston Review, The Threepenny Review, The Missouri Review, Commonweal, and other publications. His awards include an Arts Fellowship from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, an Emerging Writer Fellowship from the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference, and a Fulbright grant for creative writing. Calvert is at work on a book of short stories and a novel.

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