Ik herinner me dat ik lang niet alle waargebeurde verhalen die Paul Auster in deze bundel samengebracht heeft even verrassend vond, maar "The chicken", ingezonden door Linda Elegant uit Portland, Oregon, is een pareltje. Zie voor andere waarachtige kippen hier.
"As I was walking down Stanton Street early one Sunday morning, I saw a chicken a few yards ahead of me. I was walking faster than the chicken, so I gradually caught up. By the time we approached Eighteenth Avenue, I was close behind. The chicken turned south on Eighteenth. At the fourth house along, it turned in at the walk, hopped up the front steps, and rapped sharply on the metal storm door with its beak. After a moment, the door opened and the chicken went in." (p. 3)Paul Auster (ed.), I thought my father was God, and other true tales from NPR's National Story Project. Picador, New York, 2001.