Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Me in the Journal of Microliterature

So my flash fiction "The Substitute" is now up over at the Journal of Microliterature. This piece has some of my favorite stuff, like Poor Richard's Almanack and the god Set.

Let me also recommend John P. McCann's "Death Honk" there. Read it just to have context for the line, "'Pie that damn bear!'"

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Out of the The Red and The Black

So I actually finished this some time ago, but was not up to chattering on about it, what with the beginning of the semester, the relative joys of advising and syllabus writing--so relative. I can say reading Stendhal's The Red and the Black over the summer felt like an accomplishment. I can also say it wasn't always a pleasure, as I sympathize with others who feel it is slow to modern tastes. But also it is shockingly fast in places, like where Julien gets his military dream and then is drawn back all in the space of a few small paragraphs. And I guess I wasn't prepared for the focus on romance though I have to say it's an unusal love triangle.

What I found very modern was the creation of Julien, a character so irreligious in a religious time (even if it were all hypocrisy) and so bent on social climbing, he would do splend in contemporary America--replace all that talk of class with celebrity. My favorite line comes as he finds a sort of peace with himself in prison but is plagued with visitors: "'The worst of all prison's miseries,' he thought, 'is not being able to close the door.'"

Sunday, August 22, 2010

a la carte!

That's right; it's here: A La Carte: Short Stories that Stir the Foodie in All of Us, a 2010 MSR Short Fiction Anthology edited by me. It contains amazing stories from the likes of:

Ted Chiles
David Erlewine
Hugh Fox
Molly Gaudry
Kathie Giorgio
Russell Helms
Ann Hillesland
Carol K. Howell
Jac Jemc
Jason Jordan
Michael Kardos
Letitia L. Moffitt
Joseph R. Quinlan
Mary McLaughlin
Nicole Louise Reid
Ben Tanzer
Eric Vrooman

Please enjoy their fabulous food tales. Buy it here.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Me on MicroHorror

So my flash fiction "I Love Medusa!" is up on MicroHorror. Because Heather thought "Giant Panda Monster" was about her, I accidentally didn't share this one with her, but she ended up reading it on MicroHorror. And it turns out it's about her too, which I deny. Sure she claims she won a costume contest by dressing up as Medusa, and sure she claims she told me about this, and sure she claims she showed me pictures. But I don't remember that. And I certainly can't be held responsible for what my subconscious does.