Wednesday 3 p.m.: ‘Instant Karma’ by Jess Sweetman

Do you believe in karma? For this week's edition of Wednesday 3 p.m., writer Jess Sweetman poses the question: "Are your unruly offspring really just your penance for every annoying thing you've ever done?"

Illustration by Jonathan Kroll

Wednesday 3 p.m. is a series of short stories — observations, brief memories, scenes from a life — recorded by writers in Berlin and around the world. This Wednesday, we feature “Instant Karma” by Jess Sweetman.

“Instant Karma” by Jess Sweetman


“And as I watch grown-ups pit themselves against the natural disaster of their offspring, a theory grows: Kids are karma, penance to the world for every stupid thing you’ve ever done.”


Illustration by Jonathan Kroll

Jess Sweetman is a writer and film maker who, these days, is based in Berlin by way of Seattle, Philadelphia, London, Manchester, and Suffolk. When she’s not producing strange short films, or writing about German cinema, she’s the Digital Marketing Coordinator at KCRW Berlin. 

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