Summary

The short story “Let’s Go to the Videotape” by Fiona Maazel tells the story of Nick, who uploads videos of his son, Gus, on social media to fill in the gap left behind by his wife’s death.

Nick participates in a funny video contest where his entry is a video of Gus riding a bike for the first time and falling off. Since his wife’s death, Nick feels that he has no one to share his memories of Gus with. At first, Nick sends the video to his friends, who find it hilarious, and he then uploads it online where it is viewed many times. Gus is not pleased with his video being shared, but Nick overlooks the negative impact the video has on his son’s life.

Nick’s wife died in an accident while she was sitting in the back of the car, taking care of Gus who was feeling unwell. After the accident, Gus has developed a speech impediment. During the video contest, the producers edit the video to mask Gus’s speech impediment. After Nick wins the contest, he receives many friend requests on social media, where he also talks openly for the first time about his wife’s death. The whole experience makes him feel like he has done ...

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